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Bernie Sanders:  Stop Spying on Americans


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Published on Jun 6, 2013

A report that the National Security Agency has been collecting phone records from millions of innocent Verizon customers sparked outrage Thursday. Senator Bernie Sanders told CNN's Piers Morgan, "I voted against the Patriot Act time and time again, because I worried about giving the government incredible powers. I'm afraid that all of the fears that I had turned out to be justified."


Bernie Sanders:  U.S. Spies on Americans


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Published on Jun 6, 2013

Sen. Bernie Sanders Thursday criticized a secret domestic surveillance program that swept up millions of telephone records on calls by Americans who were not suspected of any wrongdoing.

A court order demanding the records be turned over was obtained under a controversial interpretation of a provision in the so-called Patriot Act, which Sanders voted against when it was first enacted in 2001 and when it was reauthorized in 2006 and 2011.


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Senator Bernie Sanders:

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The United States government should not be accumulating phone records on tens of millions of innocent Americans.  That is not what Freedom is about.  That is not what our Constitution is about.

While we must aggressively pursue international terrorists, and all those who would do us harm -- we must do it in a way that protects the Constitution and the civil liberties which make us proud to be Americans.


Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.



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