1/21/16 Spying On Americans

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Just recently, it was learned the White House directed the National Security Agency to spy on Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

No one should react with shock and alarm.  Most nations spy on each other.  Even friendlies.  It’s how business is done.  But generally, the very closest of allies don’t spy on one another.  For example, the US, UK and Canada collaborate on espionage operations.

However, the US and Israel spy on each other.  And then there’s France.  It spies on everyone else.  And so on and so forth.

The bigger shock was that NSA included its intelligence haul Netanyahu’s private communications with members of Congress and American citizens.

This isn’t just ungentlemanly.  Or simply a violation of the separation of the legislative and executive branches.  It’s unconstitutional.  It’s illegal.  Federal law explicitly forbids the government from spying on its citizens.  No president has the authority to waive the law.  The Constitution requires the president to enforce the law.

The other troubling aspect is the reaction of many members of Congress. They’re comfortable with NSA conducting widespread collection of citizen communications.  But they’re outraged upon learning they’ve been spied upon.

These politicians aren’t loyal to the Constitution.  They’re okay with willful and intentional violations of federal law.  Just as long as they’re exempt from being spied upon.
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