Wednesday, May 17, 2006
The Conservative attempts to circumvent laws such as the 4th Amendment, & the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act justified only by asserting these changes are in the name of national Security is absurd, illegal, unaccountable, and unethical.
Laws must be followed with no deviation. National Security is not justification enough to support creating new programs, first without Congressional approval.
The laws must be changed first.
ALL policy should not be based on public opinion. The founders of our nation intended to secure freedoms for all Americans not simply a mob majority rule. That is why all States have equal representation within the Senate. They were intelligent enough to foretell corrupt people abusing their powers like we see now.
If the NSA & CIA cannot act within the Law then hell yes there operations need to be brought into the Sunshine.
Every agency within the U.S. government must be held accountable. There must be Checks and Balances at all levels.
The full Congress is not even aware of the activities of such agencies.
This is unacceptable within the United States of America.
An elected member of Congress is just as privileged to intelligence information as a 4 Star General. It is through this oversight that Congress is charged to do, that WE the people exercise our American birthright of democracy.
****With ZERO exception any surveillance upon a U.S. citizen must follow the book, not some ad-hoc program created in the name of National Security!!!
Gen. Michael V. Hayden
Explanation of Warrantless Surveillance: