Minnesota delegation split on support of surveillance programs

  • Article by: Corey Mitchell , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 8, 2013 - 6:47 PM

Surveillance needed, but too broad, some say.

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freedomallJun. 7, 13 9:07 PM

Oh that is rich. Congresswoman Bachmann and her GOP contemporaries cry about the Constitution all the time, yet when it comes down to voting, they vote against it!

freedomallJun. 7, 13 9:10 PM

Thank You Betty McCollum, I am glad you are my representative! I knew Senator Klobuchar voted for the Patriot Act and its multiple re-authorizations, that is why I refused to vote for her in the last election. That, coupled with her support of the NDAA bill and SOPA/PIPA (which she introduced).

DufferHJun. 7, 13 9:29 PM

Once again the media says this is a program that Bush started and Obama continued. Balderdash! Bush's program covered domestic-international communication. Obama's program covers all domestic communication. That is vastly different. \

tonytk1Jun. 7, 13 9:40 PM

Must be great to be in the government- you get caught doing bad things & just yell "TERRORISTS" until it disappears...USA! USA! USA!

luzhishenJun. 7, 13 9:41 PM

"Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann, John Kline and Erik Paulsen having voted to preserve the government’s power to collect private data, " so much for all that baloney about FREEDOM from BIG GOVERNMENT. Guess that only applies to NRA-approved issues.

kkjerJun. 7, 13 9:57 PM

Well now that they made it public, they might as well stop doing it. There are at least dozen apps that can be installed on a smart phone to encrypt calls to prevent anyone from identifying you and determining your IP address. Some of them that cost about 250 bucks a year would make it difficult for even the NSA decrypt your calls. There other companies out there that specialize in global phone encryption that are even more expensive, that pretty much duplicate what you see in spy movie. The TOR project which is now available to the public was originally designed for the US Navy and charges the originator 19.00 a month, but allows your friends to enroll for 3 dollars a month. So if people are worried about privacy, you can have it fairly cheap. I am sure terrorists are already using it.

cclausJun. 7, 13 9:59 PM

And who is exempt from these searches...let me guess...

bs6699Jun. 7, 1310:35 PM

The Patriot Act and FISA extensions that 'authorize' this eavesdropping are in clear violation of the 4th amendment. The 'freedom loving' republicons are hypocritical as usual (and no, Dufferh, the Bush program also included domestic-to-domestic calls, which were 'approved' after the fact. I also did not vote for Klobuchar for this reason, and because of her NDAA and SOPA votes. Elected officials will always justify their support for these programs because they 'keep us safe'. The courts need to step up and do their job, and quash these laws.

redmoonJun. 7, 1310:46 PM

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin, 1775, in notes for a proposition at the Pennsylvania Assembly.

ruphinaJun. 7, 1311:40 PM

Well of Course Ellison didn't blame Obama- after all, the sign on BHO's desk says "The Buck Never Stops here". Bill G.


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