Saturday, June 15, 2013

Senators skip classified briefing on NSA snooping to catch flights home

“A recent briefing by senior intelligence officials on surveillance programs failed to attract even half of the Senate, showing the lack of enthusiasm in Congress for learning about classified security programs. [WATCH VIDEO]
Many senators elected to leave Washington early Thursday afternoon instead of attending a briefing with James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, Keith Alexander, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA), and other officials.
The Senate held its last vote of the week a little after noon on Thursday, and many lawmakers were eager to take advantage of the short day and head back to their home states for Father’s Day weekend….
… The exodus of colleagues exasperated Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who spent a grueling week answering colleagues’ and media questions about the program.
‘It’s hard to get this story out. Even now we have this big briefing — we’ve got Alexander, we’ve got the FBI, we’ve got the Justice Department, we have the FISA Court there, we have Clapper there — and people are leaving,’ she said.…”
One could not help but notice all of the empty seats at Thursday’s hearing. 
It is abhorrent that out of 100, only 47 senators made the effort to attend Thursday’s Senate hearing.  The fact that Sunday is Father’s Day is not an excuse. 
Message received:  The fact that Americans are distressed over the NSA sticking their noses into every aspect of our personal lives and thereby infringing upon our Fourth Amendment liberties are a non-issue for the Progressive majority senate and unworthy of their time.
Message that must be delivered Election Day 2014:

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