While you were distracted by the fiasco surrounding the Amash Amendment a similar amendment was being passed that deals a major blow to the NSA’s surveillance program.
Passed in the House by a vote of 409-12, the Pompeo Amendment restricts the NSA from using any funds to target a “U.S. person or acquire and store the content of a U.S. person’s communications, including phone calls and e-mails.”
What’s the difference between the Pompeo and Amash amendments, you ask?
For one, the Amash amendment restricts the NSA from using funds to collect data on any person not under investigation.
The Pompeo Amendment only limits the NSA use of funds to the area of American citizens’ communication data. It doesn’t affect the NSA’s ability to collect metadata.
Rep. John Culberson’s explanation for this is that the sweeping restrictions in the Amash amendment…
“Would protect the data of terrorists who are operating sleeper cells in this country and make us vulnerable to future terrorist attacks,” Culberson said of the Amash amendment, adding that it “would do nothing to reform the NSA surveillance program and would do nothing to ensure that the privacy of American citizens is protected.”
Culberson’s statement makes about as much sense as Anthony Weiner’s run for mayor. But then again, they’re both politicians.
Culberson went on to say that Snowden is an “idiot” and a “traitor,” and that Obama has an “utter disregard for the law.”
So Culberson doesn’t like what the NSA is doing, but he also doesn’t like the man who risked his life to give us this information. Maybe if Snowden had asked his boss for permission to leak the files Culberson might have supported him.
Despite his feelings toward the issue, the Pompeo Amendment is a step in the right direction.
If the NSA can’t be shut down at this time, then it needs to be heavily regulated and controlled. Your information should not be readily available for the government to collect.
It’s a violation of your privacy and rights.
I hope more legislation like the Pompeo and Amash amendments makes its way into Congress.
Heaven knows we need it.