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Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich Calls For The NSA To Be Abolished

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Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich Calls For The NSA To Be Abolished
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The NSA has become quite the touchy subject in Washington these past few months after leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the agency’s spy programs. The president and those who support the NSA have been on the defensive claiming that the agency doesn’t abuse its powers (it does), while those against the agency have been calling for it to be reigned in. Now one former lawmaker has called for the agency to be flat out abolished.

At the Washington D.C. premier of “Terms and Conditions May Apply,” former Rep. Dennis Kucinich spoke briefly on how he feels about the NSA. TechDirt reports that he had some strong words for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s favorite spy agency:

We have the CIA, the FBI, a dozen other intelligence infrastructures. Frankly — and I’m saying this with a lifetime’s experience in government here — it’s time to punch the NSA’s ticket here. They’ve ruined the brand. They’ve destroyed the idea of privacy. We need some kind of symbolic and profound approach here, that says, ‘look, you’ve violated something that’s very dear to the American people — you don’t get to do that.’ We talk about the death penalty for individuals, which I oppose, but I think there needs to be for government agencies that so broadly betray the public interest, there needs to be a measure of responsibility. And if they go beyond the pale, which the NSA has, they just ought to be abolished. We don’t need the spying.

You can watch the whole statement below where he also touches upon Intelligence Director James Clapper lying to Congress and what he thinks of Edward Snowden:

So, what does Kucinich recommend the American public do about the NSA? He says that he believes in the Constitution and he believes in the vote. He says that Americans will have to vote people that respect privacy into Congress and into the presidency. He also says that people need to keep petitioning their lawmakers to stand up to the intelligence community and repeal Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

As the former lawmaker notes, however, this is all just a pipe dream for now. The best hope anybody has right now in reigning in the NSA are a few pieces of legislation making their way through Congress. The President has also suggested some reforms to the NSA and FISA court, but they were largely cosmetic.

Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich Calls For The NSA To Be Abolished
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  • Reality

    I think Dennis sees the handwriting on the wall. We are simply becoming a police state. It is only going to get worse.

    - We have 5% of the world population but 25% of the world’s prisoners.
    - No-warrant wire taps.
    - Indefinite detention of citizens without charges.
    - Approval of rendition of prisoners and torture.
    - Stop and frisk without probable cause.
    - Search and seizure without a warrant.
    - No-knock entry,
    - Confiscation and destruction of cameras that film police acting illegally.
    - Police brutality and police shootings that go without investigation.
    - Managed news.
    - The civil-rights destroying “Patriot” Act.
    - FEMA camps.
    - TSA expansion beyond airports.
    - Internet entrapment cases.
    - People going to prison for crimes against fictitious people who do not even exist.
    - Major increase in victim-less crimes in the US.

    All this in 10 short years. My how we have changed.

    • Abney

      He may mean well, but the NSA isn’t going anywhere. I think we’re going to see more people looking for ways to protect themselves. We’ve already got email encryption services like TOR and personal cloud devices that you keep in your home, like Cloudlocker. My guess it we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg.

      It’s unfortunate that such products seem to be necessary these days.

      • @Abney

        I am not sure how much those will help. If you read the Patriot Acts, the government can access all information before it even gets to those types of systems. I also have to wonder what is hidden within operating systems or what will be hidden within operating systems and internet exchange software.

        To get an understanding of just what can be captured and how easy it is go out and just try a key logger. See all that it captures.

        When you read section 215 of the Patriot Acts, you realize that nothing is safe and it can be accessed at just about any level. It is scary.

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