Lawmakers concerned over US surveillance programs

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 13, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    anything pointing out the deceit of the left is "another three ring circus for the sake of gaining cheap political points", but repubs are fair game. ah, so typical.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 12, 2013 8:52 p.m.

    Truth, freedom, and liberty are being transformed to lies, surveillance, and targeting.

    We are becoming accountable to corruption.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    June 12, 2013 6:57 p.m.

    Reading the comments, the extreme left here seem very supportive of big brother,

    and antagonistic towards anyone who wants to put a stop to it.

    That tells us all we need to know about the left.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 12, 2013 4:34 p.m.

    Perhaps our lawmakers really need to take a long, careful look at all the data gathering that is done every time any of us purchase anything in a store or online. The information collected by marketeers and others in the "free enterprise" business like WalMart, Smith's Food and millions more private businesses are certainly as least as invasive as anything NSA has collected.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2013 4:19 p.m.

    You have made some valid points. Data is agnostic until the party in power decides to use it for political purposes. The IRS targeting a certain political stripe and then illegally providing confidential information to Propublica, a left wing advocacy group funded by George Soros, is more disturbing than the legal NSA collection of data. How long before the NSA "leaks" confidential information on a person during a political campaign just as the IRS did?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 12, 2013 4:10 p.m.

    Lawmakers gave us the patriot act.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 12, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    None of the complaining commenters in similar articles have yet done an adequate job of explaining just how this program is explicitly contrary to the Constitution. And as such, just how and why is it illegal... especially since the Supreme Court has already ruled most facets of the Patriot Act constitutional.
    It's interesting that many of those same vocal critics seem to think they are better legal experts than justices on the Supreme court.

    It's also interesting that these same critics had no idea that their privacy "rights" were even at issue just a week ago. And now suddenly they somehow act like we're living in pre-WW2 nazi-Germany. And all because an agency of the government whose job it is to make sure we as a country are secure... is monitoring (not listening to) communications into and out of the country for specific words like "bomb" or "terrorist".

    Maybe I'm still missing something, but I can't understand how and why most citizens lives have somehow suddenly become so negatively effected by this ongoing program. And until that is better explained than the soapbox rantings I've read from other articles, I won't.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 12, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    We can't stop illegals, or mid-easterners from entering our country.

    So what good is having a US surveillance program?

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    June 12, 2013 12:03 p.m.

    i read about this months ago it is on the nsa site. look at it they are only spying on domestic in the utah site. medical records are on there tell me how that gets intel. i think all the private contractors are using this info to make more money and we will never know becauese of the patiot act. congress needs to repeal it. they wont becase it passed by many of them anyway.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    June 12, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    while I think that the congress and senate should be vigilant in their duty to insure the protections of the people they must also avoid trying to turn this into yet another three ring circus for the sake of gaining cheap political points, Are you listening Mike Lee?