America at the edge of the abyss: Why does Congress defer to the executive on NSA reform?

January 15, 2014 by History in a Hurry

Congress Defers to President On NSA Reform

written by ron paul
sunday january 12, 2014

Congress’s decline from the Founders’ vision as “first among equals” in government to an echo chamber of the unitary executive, has been a slow but steady process. In the process we have seen a steady stream of unconstitutional wars and civil liberties abuses at home. Nowhere is this decline more evident than in the stark contrast between the Congressional response to intelligence agencies’ abuses during the post-Watergate era and its response to the far more serious NSA abuses uncovered in recent years.

In 1975, Senator Frank Church (D-ID) convened an historic select committee to investigate the US intelligence services for possible criminality in the wake of Watergate. Thanks in part to reporting by Seymour Hersh and others, abuses by the CIA, NSA, and FBI had come to light, including the monitoring of US peace activists.

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http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2014/january/12/congress-defers-to-president-on-nsa-reform-.aspx

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