The Spies Eyes Have Congress Seeing Surveillance a Little Differently
Congress might be the last people in the country to realize that the government is listening to their phone calls, or at least that’s what we’re led to believe by the reactions of some Members to a December piece in the WSJ. The investigative article broke the news that the NSA overheard and recorded conversations between our elected officials and their Israeli colleagues while the intelligence community had Prime Minister Netanyahu under surveillance. We can’t help but point out how rich it is that only now is Congress concerned with the privacy rights of Americans in the face of an increasingly large surveillance dragnet. It’s not like Congress is the one who voted in favor of the surveillance programs (oh wait, yes they did). So after supporting the programs that made it legal to collect their phone records, elected leaders like former Rep. Pete Hoekstra – who campaigned against Arab American Congressman Justin Amash by accusing him of being a Hamas sympathizer, amongst other smears – are complaining about the vague guidelines that allow widespread, indiscriminate, and unavoidable spying. We wish Congress would show half the amount of concern about the American people’s rights as they do their own.