Whenever you're ready, dear Congressional members. We're all waiting for you to show some balls here. Just wondering how much more it's going to take:
The National Security Agency on Saturday released a statement in answer to questions from a senator about whether it “has spied, or is … currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials”, in which it did not deny collecting communications from legislators of the US Congress to whom it says it is accountable.Yes, Congress, they're spying on you too:
In its statement, which comes as the NSA gears up for a make-or-break legislative battle over the scope of its surveillance powers, the agency pointed to “privacy protections” which it says it keeps on all Americans' phone records.Emphasis mine.
The statement read: “NSA’s authorities to collect signals intelligence data include procedures that protect the privacy of US persons. Such protections are built into and cut across the entire process. Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all US persons. NSA is fully committed to transparency with Congress. Our interaction with Congress has been extensive both before and since the media disclosures began last June.
Translation - we are spying on you via our "privacy protections" in the exact same manner that it's been so well documented on how we're spying on the rest of all Americans.
So seriously, what the fuck is going on? Are you guys up there on the Hill gonna do something about this? Does Senator Sanders have to be the only one posing direct questions like this? When does the next investigation begin? Christ, when do the arrests begin?