Another piece of worthless RINO donkey dung.

Cantor vows ‘serious’ House investigation of NSA leaker Snowden
6/10/13 07:38 AM ET

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Monday morning that Congress will launch a “very serious” investigation into the release of documents revealing broad phone and Internet surveillance programs by the National Security Agency (NSA).

“The investigation will be very serious, obviously,” Cantor said on CBS.

Cantor said Obama administration officials would start briefing Capitol Hill today on how information about the NSA program was revealed by Edward Snowden, the 29-year old Booz Allen Hamilton contractor who was working with the NSA. He said a broader briefing will take place Tuesday on how the NSA program works.

But while many are outraged at the existence of the NSA program itself, Cantor indicated that Congress will focus on whether Snowden broke any laws when he revealed its existence. Cantor said programs like the one run by NSA are needed to help thwart ongoing terrorist threats against the United States.

“Right now, we know that there are active threats against the United States,” he said. “We have terrorist threats that continue. There are possible security incidences that continue. And that’s just the world that we live in.

“Certainly the reports seem to indicate that, that if anyone were to violate the law by releasing classified information outside the legal avenues, certainly that individual should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he added.

When asked if he knew about the NSA program known as PRISM, Cantor said these sorts of programs “exist for us to… guard against a terrorist threat.” He also said courts have upheld PRISM as constitutional.

At the same time, he acknowledged that Congress will also have to examine whether the NSA program has struck the proper balance between national security and civil liberties.

“The administration is responsible for implementing this program, Congress is responsible for the oversight of this program,” he said. “Obviously we’ll be dealing with a balance between national security and safeguarding our civil liberties.”

Cantor also indicated that he has questions about the way Snowden decided to release the information through the press, rather than using methods set up for whistleblowers under U.S. law.

“We have a contractor that has been hired… this 29-year old, who’s now holed up in some hotel in Hong Kong claiming to be the defender of democracy somehow in the People’s Republic of China,” Cantor said.

The Guardian reported over the weekend that Snowden fled to a Hong Kong hotel after revealing details about the NSA program.

“You have to sort of step back and ask yourself: there are legal avenues for an individual who is concerned about the violations of civil liberties to go about addressing those concerns through the Inspector General process, coming forward, asking for whistleblower protection, going to the courts, coming to Congress,” Cantor said.

“I don’t know if that was done or not. It seems to me that he chose a route to go to a reporter, get holed up in some room in Hong Kong, and that ought to tell you something as well.

“All of us are really very perplexed right now,” he added.

— This story was updated at 7:55 a.m.

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2 comments on “Another piece of worthless RINO donkey dung.

  1. Reblogged this on danmillerinpanama and commented:
    Of course. Let’s look very critically at the guy who tattled rather than at those whose efforts made public information about what had been happening necessary. Does that mean that the Government scam du jour and others like it will continue while those who tattle are in increased jeopardy?

    There is an old verse:

    The law locks up the man or woman
    Who steals the goose from off the common
    But leaves the greater villain loose
    Who steals the common from under the goose.

    Methinks that practice continues, in spades.

  2. As Ayn Rand put it:

    “There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”

    What better way to make criminals of us all than to expand the criminal statute with a bunch of superfluous regulations that are often contradictory in application, but sufficient enough to make felons of us all? What better way to convict us all than to have records that all of us have, at some point in time, broken the law – intentionally or not?

    This type of activity by the federal government needs to be brought to a halt, all collected information not directly attributed to terrorism destroyed and checks put in place to see this ugly beast of totalitarianism never raises its ugly head again without the real threat of decapitation.

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