Dianne Feinstein feels that Americans have become indifferent over the destruction of the Bill of Rights and actions which some consider infringements upon the Fourth Amendment. The California Democrat is the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. During a recent interview, Senator Feinstein also stated that in spite of President Barack Obama’s comments about NSA data mining reforms, enhanced surveillance tactics will not be thwarted any time soon.
The Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman stated that President Obama “clearly” noted that he wants to keep the capability to conduct surveillance on Americans without warrants issued from a court of law. Patriot and Tea Party groups adamantly oppose attempts to circumventing the Fourth Amendment protections guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. During her interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Dianne Feinstein said that since the president will continue NSA surveillance on citizens sans warrants, a “dominant majority” of the Senate committee agrees with his stance.
Senator Feinstein also had this to say about engaging in an end run around the Constitution:
“A lot of the privacy people, perhaps, don’t understand that we still occupy the role of the Great Satan. New bombs are being devised. New terrorists are emerging, new groups, actually, a new level of viciousness. We need to be prepared. I think we need to do it in a way that respects people’s privacy rights.”
Michigan Republican Representative Mike Rogers, who is the House Intelligence Committee chair, appears to agree with Senator Feinstein to at least some degree. Representative Rogers has stated that the NSA has not been given a “blank check” on the surveillance snooping front in order to prevent terrorism in America.
A Pew Research Center survey revealed that more than half the population of the United States had not heard any news coverage of President Obama’s press conference about NSA data mining and warrantless surveillance. Only eight percent of the respondents in the Pew Research Center poll noted they had heard “a lot” about the president’s National Security Agency reform plan. The survey also stated that a majority of those participating in the poll feel that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is not a patriot, but a criminal who should face prosecution.
An excerpt from the Pew Research Center poll reads:
“Overall, the public is divided about whether Edward Snowden’s leak of classified information, which brought the program to light, has served or harmed the public interest: 45 percent say it has served the public interest while 43 percent say it harmed it. Nonetheless, a 56 percent majority wants to see the government pursue a criminal case against Snowden, while 32 percent oppose this.”
How do you think the Founding Fathers would have responded to the willingness of Americans to give away their Fourth Amendment rights?
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