Rep. Trey Gowdy “Worried About The Republic” Over NSA Privacy Violations

August 17, 2013 9:41 pmViews: 1925

Rep Trey Gowdy from South Carolina


Fortunately we have a few members of Congress that just seem to understand where we are headed today as a nation and Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina is one of them. Since we all learned that the NSA has been collecting phone metadata on all of us, but were assured that no one would be tracked and be under further scrutiny unless it we were suspects, it has now been revealed that the security agency has violated the privacy of US citizens thousands of times since 2008.

But to be reassured by the media and government that nothing is amiss here, when watching NBC News last night they actually had the audacity to say that the privacy violations were in fact a mistake and not intentional. That of course, in the midst of the Edward Snowden whistle-blower case makes this whole story of NSA privacy, turns the government into a parody of the truth. Fortunately, congressmen like Trey Gowdy have had enough of the lies coming out of the NSA and the Obama administration and is saying that he isn't worried about winning elections, he is, "worried about the republic."

There is so much more than a little slip up and a few mistakes going on here. Every scandal befalling the Obama administration lately just seems to get deeper and deeper as each week goes by. From Fast and Furious, to Benghazi, to the IRS targeting scandal, to the NSA tracking scandal, each new day beings another revelation of previously unreported violations or uncovering of documents or witnesses that Obama and his cronies have been lying to us as suspected all along from one of these scandals.

As Obama goes on vacation to avoid further scrutiny or has his talking head Press Secretary Jay Carney parrot the line that we need to forget about these "phony scandals" and get back to the important work of the American people on creating jobs and fixing the economy, they forget that rooting out government corruption is also some equally important work that is vital to the security of our republic.

Read more on this story below from TheHill.com:

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said late Friday that he doubts that members of Congress were briefed on the on the several thousands of privacy violations carried out by the National Security Agency (NSA) that were revealed earlier this week.

An internal NSA audit and other documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealed that the agency had broken its own privacy rules and violated privacy rights of citizens thousands of times since 2008, according to The Washington Post.

“I wonder how many of my colleagues in Congress were briefed that there were thousands of errors made with respect to this program, because I have a sneaking suspicion the number is zero,” said Gowdy on Fox News.

“That’s how many of my colleagues were told ahead of time before we had to learn from a leaker to a newspaper that there were thousands of violations.”

Many members of Congress, including Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who is charged with overseeing the NSA, have said they were not made aware of the audit until recently.

And Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has called for a hearing on the matter when Congress returns next month.

Gowdy said he’s been hearing a great roar of dissatisfaction and distrust from voters in his South Carolina district, and that Congress needs to take serious steps to fix its oversight capabilities of highly secretive intelligence operations, like those carried out by the NSA.

“If we don’t get that figured out, I’m not worried about winning elections, I’m worried about the republic,” said Gowdy. “People who are governed have consented to be governed [and] have to have trust in the people we have put in positions of responsibility.”

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