1/21/16 Spying On Americans
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. Itâ€™s how business is done. But generally, the very closest of allies donâ€™t spy on one another. For example, the US, UK and Canada collaborate on espionage operations.
The bigger shock was that NSA included its intelligence haul Netanyahuâ€™s private communications with members of Congress and American citizens.
This isnâ€™t just ungentlemanly. Or simply a violation of the separation of the legislative and executive branches. It’s unconstitutional. Itâ€™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. Theyâ€™re comfortable with NSA conducting widespread collection of citizen communications. But theyâ€™re outraged upon learning theyâ€™ve been spied upon.
These politicians arenâ€™t loyal to the Constitution. Theyâ€™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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