NSA Amendment’s Narrow Defeat Spurs Privacy Advocates for Surveillance Fight
This, even after Greewald has been forced to quietly retract many of his claims. Another despicable display of oppurtunism by Obama Frenemies!
A tally of the votes shows that a majority of Democrats voted in favor of the amendment. One of them, Barbara Lee, told the Guardian that the “stage was now set” to curb the NSA. “It was a great beginning - a first step,” she said.
“I can tell you why I voted for it - and most Democrats have the same sentiment - we have to a balance between civil liberties and national security, and I believe this was a very carefully crafted and balanced amendment. Right now, we must rein in the NSA,” she said.
Representative Keith Ellison, co-chairman of the congressional progressive caucus, expressed disappointment that the Amash amendent did not pass. “For the government to just collect people’s data without any sense of that individual warrants or merits and investigation of some kind is a problem. I am pretty disappointed we didn’t pass it, but I am pretty impressed with how well we did. This issue is not over. There will be more voters and there will be more bills. I feel confident we can perhaps prevail.”