Why did 83 Dems vote to continue NSA surveillance?

Freedom News Daily, 07/30/13

Presented by the International Society for Individual Liberty

Produced by the staff of Rational Review News Digest

Source: In These Times
by Cole Stangler

“On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of legislators in the House came extraordinarily close to passing an amendment that would have prevented the National Security Agency from collecting bulk data on Americans. The Amash-Conyers amendment would have limited Section 215 of the Patriot Act to apply only to individuals subject to investigation under that law, barring mass surveillance programs like PRISM. Failing by a 217-205 vote, the amendment earned support from an unlikely coalition of Republicans and Democrats — a group that could perhaps lead future legislative rebellions against the surveillance state. A majority of Democrats actually supported the amendment, in defiance of party leadership, the White House and the NSA itself, which, in a moment of panic, organized an emergency meeting the day of the vote in which director Keith Alexander personally lobbied against the measure. At the end of the day, though, 83 Democrats still voted against it.” (07/26/13)


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