You’re more likely to die from malignant neoplasms than terrorism
December 1, 2013
The Senate and House Intelligence committees believe revelations about the NSA are more damaging to the United States than the ongoing dismantlement of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
“I think terror is up worldwide,” said Senate Intelligence Committee boss Dianne Feinstein. “There are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks being reinforced for those bombs. There are bombs that go through magnetometers. The bomb-maker is still alive. There are more groups than ever. And there is huge malevolence out there.”
You’re far more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, malignant neoplasms, diabetes, liver disease, etc. than at the hands of some al-Qaeda inspired jihadist.
Last July, the State Department calculated that 17 Americans had died worldwide as a result of terrorism. In 2011, 155 Americans died as a result of encounters with police officers. But Feinstein is not worried about that. She’s worried that people will petition the government and demand the NSA and the Stasi police state grid be outlawed.
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— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) December 1, 2013
House Republicans are under pressure to enact legislation that rolls back the surveillance state. Curtailing the rampant and unconstitutional abuse is not likely with Speaker Boehner at the helm, though. The Ohio Republican has voted consistently to allow the government to violate the rights of the American people.
But not all hope is lost. In July the House voted on an amendment by Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, to end the NSA phone metadata program. It failed by a mere seven votes. The Speaker usually does not cast a vote, but the military-intelligence complex was so threatened by the Amash amendment John Boehner voted to shoot it down.
For now, the House and Senate intelligence committees are calling the shots on maintaining the Stasi surveillance state.
In the House, Rep. Mike Rogers, who heads up the intelligence committee, agreed with his comrade in the Senate. “I absolutely agree that we’re not [safer] today, for the very same reasons,” he said. “The pressure on our intelligence service to get it right to prevent an attack is enormous.”
Rogers admitted that he is worried popular outrage will force the government to restore the Fourth Amendment.
“Our fear is, every time we do that [when disclosures are made public] we take them away from their focus, which is what is al-Qaeda’s next event.”
Or the FBI’s next event.