Eshoo votes to defund NSA phone program
Original post made on Jul 25, 2013
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on Jul 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm
Wow! When was the last time that a significant number of Republicans and Democrats agreed on anything? Unfortunately, they did not carry the day as a slightly larger number of did not support the amendment.
I agree with Eshoo's assessment that the Patriot Act has overreached its original authority and intent, and it's time to restore balance to constitutional liberties and curtail certain surveillance practices.
With such a close outcome there's hope that the House will revisit this in the future.
on Jul 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm
I commend Eshoo and Speier on a sensible vote.
Pelosi performed disgracefully.
on Jul 29, 2013 at 6:11 pm
I respect Rep. Eshoo, although I believe she aired in supporting this bill.
Because of her prior experience on the House Intelligence Committee, I hoped she would have more fully recognized the enormous difficulties in attempting to identify and prevent the tiny activities which are individual terrorist attacks.
The NSA program was using one of our major strengths, the ability to find relationships among massive volumes of information. By imposing major time-consuming delays on collection and analysis, and also preventing its use in discovering unforeseen results, the advantage in this very long term struggle tips toward our disparate adversaries, particularly as they can gain advantages not just by successfully attacking but also by increasing the cost, delay and complexity of our responses.
I further hope that those opposed to this program will consider that the use of the information is restricted to intelligence activities. Further, those conducting these activities understand that their activities will be most effective if they prevent that barrier from ever being breached.