Representative Nunes and the House Intelligence Committee apparently are outraged that Flynn, who recently had to step down because of the content of leaked phone calls, had his phone calls recorded in the first place.
“I expect for the FBI to tell me what is going on, and they better have a good answer,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is conducting a review of Russian activities to influence the election. “The big problem I see here is that you have an American citizen who had his phone calls recorded.”
Perhaps the House Intelligence Committee has forgotten, but they passed, and then renewed, legislation that allowed warrantless wire taps on the American People. This is bizarre. The House of Representatives literally passed the abhorrent legislation that allowed this to happen in the first place.
This is so strange. It’s almost as though we’ve stepped into a world where politicians admit that the terrible laws they pass aren’t supposed to apply to them. This is basically an admittance of that, isn’t it? How could the House Intelligence Committee possibly not know that the Patriot Act destroyed the Fourth Amendment and set up the framework for this to happen?
This should be a warning to all of Sanders’ supporters particularly, because he has certainly done this, too–like when his campaign sued to keep people from using one of their images. As always, socialism is for the peasants, not the rulers, and laws are for the peasants, not the rulers.
There’s not much more to say about this. It’s stupid. Instead of serving as a catalyst for the Patriot Act to finally be repealed, they’ll likely just amend it to protect certain people. Nunes and the other Intelligence Committee members are probably wondering how many of their own phone calls are sitting on hard drives at the FBI.
The FBI was essentially given the authority to record phone calls, read emails, and intercept text messages without warrants because Congress–including the House of Representatives. In fact, Nunes himself was there and voted “Yea” in May 2006.
So… What the fuck?
No, really. What the fuck?!