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Another NSA Spying Scandal …

FRESH ALLEGATIONS OF DOMESTIC, INTERNATIONAL EAVESDROPPING … The National Security Agency (NSA) is staring down another spying scandal … this one involving members of the U.S. Congress who were discussing Barack Obama‘s widely pilloried nuclear deal with Iran. Remember that debacle?  We do … The agency was also spying on…

FRESH ALLEGATIONS OF DOMESTIC, INTERNATIONAL EAVESDROPPING …

The National Security Agency (NSA) is staring down another spying scandal … this one involving members of the U.S. Congress who were discussing Barack Obama‘s widely pilloried nuclear deal with Iran.

Remember that debacle?  We do …

The agency was also spying on Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu – an ardent opponent of the deal – as well as various Jewish groups that were working against it.

Limited government activists were aghast at the latest revelations …

“There is absolutely no excuse for the Obama administration to spy on Congress to gather information on an active piece of legislation, in this case the Iran nuclear deal,” said Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government. “Congress has many roles in foreign policy, including the Treaty Power and consideration of other agreements with foreign governments. There has to be a bright line between those congressional deliberations and the executive branch on these agreements, which members are under no obligation to support. The executive branch can spy on any foreign government it wishes, but the moment it nets deliberations with members of Congress on active legislation, those conversations should have been immediately destroyed, not passed along.”

Indeed …

Manning’s organization has plenty of credibility on this issue, too.  It first exposed how “Republican” members of Congress were duped into giving up their power to veto the deal – and has consistently pointed out how this turned certain defeat into a guaranteed victory for Obama.

Apparently Obama’s spies weren’t taking that victory for granted, though.

“The most damning aspect of this is that reportedly the White House did not tell the NSA to stop once it knew it was intercepting conversations with Congress on what was an active political dispute between the branches of government,” Manning added.  “If true, these offenses would be impeachable.”

He’s correct …

“What did the President know and when did he know it?” Manning continued, comparing Obama’s surveillance activities with those of former president Richard Nixon – who was forced to resign his office in August 1974 following the Watergate scandal.  “Senate and House intelligence committees must convene hearings on this issue, and the Attorney General should appoint a special prosecutor immediately.”

Will either of those things happen?  No.

Obama will never appoint a special prosecutor (at least not a credible one), and expecting the current “Republican” Congress to pursue hearings – let alone impeachment – against Obama is wishful thinking.  After all they just embraced virtually every aspect of his radical agenda!

More to the point: Why would the GOP move now on impeachment if it failed to do so during the far more egregious 2013 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal?

That was an overt use of administrative power to silence political dissent …

Obviously this isn’t the first time Obama’s administration has been busted spying on Congress.  In fact leading defenders of the federal government’s domestic spy apparatus went into full freakout mode back in 2014 when it was revealed Obama’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was snooping on them, too.

Oh well, props to Manning and his group for once again being on the leading edge of this issue.

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40 comments

The Colonel (R) January 5, 2016 at 12:23 pm

The Colonel is $hocked, $hocked to hear that the NSA under President Obama has spying on members of Congress…

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Rocky Verdad January 5, 2016 at 12:38 pm

And other countries – oh my!!!!

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The Colonel (R) January 5, 2016 at 12:51 pm

I want them to spy on other countries! I do not ascribe to the “…Gentlemen don’t read each other’s mail…” Harry Stimson theory of international relations.

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spies galore January 5, 2016 at 1:02 pm

I read the article WSJ and I don’t get the outrage. Israel was and is still spying on us. Some members of Congress were playing kissy mouth with Bibi during the Iranian negotiations, so those communications were unintentionally captured.

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Rocky Verdad January 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm

That’s the way it works. That Congress got caught up in it – well – that’s part of the game. Wonder how many of them have intimate calls with Putin too!!!

Rocky Verdunce January 5, 2016 at 1:17 pm

Obama is seeking to destroy Israel.

If Christianity were on the march, slaughtering Muslims and Jews and anyone else that disagreed with them, Obama would point that out. But the Obama administration censors themselves because Obama wants to protect Islam.

Obama has an affinity for Islam far more than Christianity and Judaism. No question about it and why the spying on Israel.

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John January 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Maybe the NSA can spy on Gowdy and figure out who advises him on hair. That person needs to be stoned in public.

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Rocky Verdunce January 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Gowdy is brilliant but the hair thing is a problem. :)

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Elfego January 5, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Shows what idiots have for their priority.

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Elfago January 5, 2016 at 1:16 pm

Shows when idiots don’t get a joke.

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Rocky Verdunce January 5, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Did anybody just watch the traitor,Devil Obama,hold his political pep rally and torch the Constitution?

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John January 5, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Bob, you’ve been busy. Over 100 comments in the last day alone. Take a break, go for a walk, have a cold beer, clear your head.

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Rocky Verdunce January 5, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Sounds like you need to clear your head if you are counting my comments.Life that bad?

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John January 5, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Eh.

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Speak D Truth January 5, 2016 at 3:03 pm

He self identifies as a dunce, so he isn’t pretending to be something he’s not.

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tomstickler January 5, 2016 at 1:33 pm

His Disqus “personalities” subscribe to the axiom “live fast, die young.”

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Rocky Verdad January 5, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Works out to about 7 per hour. Could imagine if you were making something at that rate that was constructive? You’de be rich.

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Rocky Verdunce January 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Actually I have posted 18 times today-you 16.

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Pogo No Job-o January 5, 2016 at 3:19 pm

He’s got no job, no life, this is his new home.

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Elfego January 5, 2016 at 12:53 pm

There is nothing under Gods Heavens the Democrats will not stoop to to control America. The Democrat Party in my opinion has become the Right Hand of The Devil himself. These folks make the Devil look meek. God Help America!

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USA First January 5, 2016 at 4:52 pm

Unlike the the Republican Party of Israel.

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erneba January 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm

I am not surprised, this is coming from an Obama Administration that made an enemy of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and at the same time was sucking up to and giving in to the Mullahs of Iran and helped make them a “nuclear power.”
What this administration does to us should not upset anyone.

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Rocky Verdunce January 5, 2016 at 1:11 pm

The last time the Dim’s pushed gun control this is what happened I hope they keep it up !!

Neither Brady nor the mayors got all of their wishes, but they certainly got some. The Brady Act, the “assault weapons” ban, and the driving of small FFLs out of business represented their major successes. Then came the midterm elections.

In his autobiography, Bill Clinton described the effects:

“On November 8, we got the living daylights beat out of us, losing eight Senate seats and 44 House seats, the largest defeat for our party since 1946. … The NRA had a great night. They beat both Speaker Tom Foley and Jack Brooks, two of the ablest members of Congress, who had warned me this would happen. … The gun lobby claimed to have defeated 19 of the 24 members on its hit list. They did at least that much damage, and could rightly claim to have made [Newt] Gingrich the House Speaker.”

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erneba January 5, 2016 at 1:19 pm

I think what Obama has done with this “gun control” measure will have a major impact on the 2016 election. The democrats running for re-election in 2016 will be sending him no “thank you’s” for this move. Look for most of them to put some political distance between themselves and Obama.

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Tazmaniac January 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm

The O man acts like a major stockholder of every gun company.He is the messiah of the industry.

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erneba January 5, 2016 at 3:21 pm

You are right..Gun sales to take off.

Mom January 5, 2016 at 6:16 pm

The store will probably be out of guns by the time I get there tomorrow. Wish I would have bought a firearms mutual fund last week, if there is such a thing.

Dirty Harry January 5, 2016 at 6:45 pm

Perhaps you should get all the facts. The President’s so called gun control measures only clarifies existing laws/regulations that have been on the books since 1968 and requires enforcement of the same. Much ado about nothing.

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erneba January 5, 2016 at 8:03 pm

He is on the way to “clarifying” the Democrats out of the White House.
No matter what Obama says about guns will upset the vast majority of the citizens.

In actuality, he expanded on the current regulations, The only thing he clarified was the reason most people don’t trust him.

Dirty Harry January 5, 2016 at 9:14 pm

The only thing that could be read as anything new is the fact that physicians are now required to disclose the mental health status/treatment of an individual without fear of liability for disclosing protected health information. While I support some form of gun control, this provision is excessive and smacks of overreaching and is an unwarranted intrusion in the personal/protected health information of ordinary Americans.

Now before some of you go ape shit, I am not advocating for the right of mentally ill persons to have and possess firearms. What I am concerned about is the person whom underwent treatment for depression for the loss of a spouse or child or love one and was successfully treated. Even if the treatment was 20 years ago, that individual could potentially be denied the right to purchase a gun lawfully. Where will it end?

Traitors January 5, 2016 at 2:57 pm

So the Republicans in Congress got caught colluding with a foriegn leader to subvert our Commander in Chief and now are trying to deflect? Fucking traitors.

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nitrat January 6, 2016 at 9:32 am

Oh, yes, let’s kneel down to Bibi every chance we get.
Let’s support a foreign government over our own and against our and the world’s best interests.
Iran is now part of the world wide nuclear non-proliferation inspection system while Israel is an outlaw. I guess you like that.

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Tazmaniac January 5, 2016 at 1:19 pm

I am NOT a crook! At least not as big a crook as White house crooks of your future.
-Richard Milhous Nixon

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Rocky Verdad January 5, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Anyone ever been to Tucumcari, New Mexico? I hear they have good Mexican food.

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Rocky Verdunce January 5, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Great place.Route 66.They wanted me to run for mayor.

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Land of Entrapment January 5, 2016 at 3:01 pm

Not really. You’re better off just eating at the Wagon Wheel. Go grab a beer and two-step at the Pow Wow while you’re there.

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Same Shit Different Day January 5, 2016 at 3:23 pm

Republicans don’t hate the spying, they just hate that they aren’t the ones who get to use it.

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frred January 5, 2016 at 6:07 pm

IMPEACH

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nitrat January 6, 2016 at 9:29 am

No one should be upset that we spy on an enemy like Netanyahu.
Do none of these people know he supports – to this day – convicted, recently released from federal prison on probation Jewish American Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard!!!
Netanyahu is an enemy of the United States and should be spied on any way we can.
If traitorous congressmen get caught conspiring with him to usurp the role of the executive branch to conduct foreign policy…well, it’s good to know who the traitors are AND the congressmen who are cafeteria Constitutionalists.
And, Manning and FITS are late to this story… late. Read some real news and not right wing propaganda and you will get stuff faster.

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Lone Ranger January 6, 2016 at 4:40 pm

The fat lady is singing and Obama’s big ears are ringing and best that we can now reliably tell
President Trump’s HONEST DA’s will send most of ’em to jail and God will send ’em straight to… !!!

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