NSA Funding Amendment Fails, Government Continues Spying On Us All

An amendment that would have killed funds to the NSA's surveillance program has been defeated. The Man wants to keep listening to all your calls.

Rep. Justin Amash introduced a special amendment this week to end the "blanket" collection of U.S. citizen's phone records by the NSA--the controversial international digital surveillance plan that Edward Snowden revealed to the Guardian newspaper. The amendment, which would have stopped the flow of federal funds to the NSA for this purpose, was defeated by a vote of 217 nays and 205 yeas.

The discussion on the floor was heated and complex, with supporters of the surveillance arguing the project had helped defeat terrorist plots, and saying it only collected metadata, not phone calls. Detractors argued that there is no distinction between terrorist data and innocent citizens in the information collected.

We've observed before that U.S. politicians aren't always the most technically or scientifically aware. Do you feel the "nay" voters fully understand the technological implications of being able to reconstruct intimate user data patterns from the "metadata" the NSA collects?

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4 Comments

  • John L. Lee

    The new NSA data center in the Utah desert is prime for an Artillery visit. Aerial bombing is an option!

  • Julian Colucci

    Unless I'm trying to start a necessary revolution against the Government I really could not care less if they listen to my phone calls with my Aunt. 

  • Daniel

    Just to clarify, there's nothing in your personal life - places you've driven, emails to friends and family, phone calls, surfing the web, stuff you've bought, books you've read, comments you've made - that you mind sharing with the government, both this administration and any subsequent administration?

  • John27221

    And don't forget that everyone Julian emails, calls, etc. will also lose their privacy.  I wonder if they're as sanguine about losing freedom as Julian...