Lawmakers Deny Knowing About Cell Phone, Internet Tracking


Saturday, 08 Jun 2013 10:07 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Congressional intelligence briefing sessions have not included details about President Barack Obama’s data-gathering programs, despite claims by the president that Congress approved the measures and “every member” knew about them, Republican Rep. Aaron Schock said.

I can assure you the phone number tracking of non-criminal, non-terrorist suspects was not discussed,” the Illinois lawmaker told Politico. “Most members have stopped going to their classified briefings because they rarely tell us anything we don’t already know in the news. It really has become a charade.”

Responding to the furor over the National Security Agency’s data monitoring programs, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced legislation Friday that requires a warrant be issued before any government agency can search phone records of Americans.

Paul calls the revelation of the program to collect phone records of millions of Verizon customers “an astounding assault on the Constitution.”

But meanwhile, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle deny Obama’s claims that they knew about plans to monitor cell phone and Internet use of Americans, and many said they either learned of the programs through the news or after asking specifically to be briefed.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said that the average member of Congress doesn’t receive such briefings, and would not have know about programs to monitor cell phone records and Internet use unless they were on an intelligence committee, like Schock, were in special sessions in 2011 or asked to be briefed.

Durbin said he only learned about the two programs after asking for a briefing after being urged by Democratic Sen Ron Wyden of Oregon.

And while Obama said members of Congress “could raise those issues very aggressively,” Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland told Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday that the news that Congress was “fully briefed” came as a surprise to her and other lawmakers.

“This ‘fully briefed’ is something that drives us up the wall, because often ‘fully briefed’ means a group of eight leadership; it does not necessarily mean relevant committees,” Mikulski said.

Briefings were made available, and regularly given to those on House and Senate intelligence committees, but weren’t offered — except by request — to other lawmakers.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has in the past invited all 100 senators to read a classified report concerning “roving authority for electronic surveillance” in a secure location in the Hart Senate Office Building, but Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she does not know how many actually read the report.

In addition, nine senators and 61 congressmen have taken office after the 2010 and 2011 briefings, and new members like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas say they were not informed of either program without asking about it.

“Americans trusted President Obama when he came to office promising the most transparent administration in history,” Cruz said Friday. “But that trust has been broken and the only way to earn it back is to tell the truth.”

H/T to Dave for article

Do we have anyone in Washington who does know anything. Naturally, there are a lot of new members. For Obama to claim everyone was briefed was yet another lie. What’s one more when you’re on a roll?

11 comments on “Lawmakers Deny Knowing About Cell Phone, Internet Tracking

  1. drrik says:

    Germany denied knowing about the holocaust and the true activities of the Nazis.


  2. Davetherave says:

    Good post Bull. Even though the Rep is a Repuke; he’s still an IL lawmaker and that’s the homeland of the sumbitch and his mafia. I believe 100% he’s telling the truth and O’Bastard is once again lying his traitor ass off.

    drrik’s comment about Germany is dead on! The law makers were the law breakers and they simply changed the laws to suit their agenda. How do these narcissistic, psychopaths keep using the exact same playbook and get away with it every damn time??? I’m going to have to blame our side at this point for not taking them seriously, thinking it could never happen here and being complacent. Not being vigilant we were warned about, ignored the warning and here we are, so really who else is to blame but us???


  3. clyde says:

    Looks more like some serious ass-covering to me. Bet the farm a LOT of the bastards knew.


  4. Davetherave says:

    We get better info about this muzzie loving, traitor ass administration from the Russian media than our own.


  5. tannngl says:

    So what happened in your job when you were responsible for a function and quit attending updating sessions?


    • bullright says:

      How true, I think there is something to the problem of not being told too, since Wyden has been asking those questions over a year and they still did not answer. So what are they doing at briefings, who only knows. (shuffleboard maybe?) Either way incompetence on steroids. No wonder they all claim to not know anything,


  6. Just Gene says:

    Maybe the scariest scenario is that they are telling the truth – then who the hell is in charge???



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