It is posed by a bipartisan group of Senators to James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence.
Furthermore, we are troubled by the possibility of this bulk collection authority being applied to other categories of records. The PATRIOT Act’s business records authority is very broad in its scope. It can be used to collect information on credit card purchases, pharmacy records, library records, firearms sales records, financial information, and a range of other sensitive subjects. And the bulk collection authority could potentially be used to supersede bans on maintaining gun owner databases, or laws protecting privacy of medical records, financial records, and records of book and movie purchases. These other types of bulk collection could clearly have a significant impact on Americans’ privacy and liberties, as well.
“…It can be used to collect information on… library records, firearms sales records, financial information, and a range of other sensitive subjects. And… could potentially be used to supersede bans on maintaining gun owner databases…”
I cannot WAIT to hear the answer. Given the anti-gun bent of Obama and his minions, I do believe I know the real answer already. For those who would shriek “you have no PROOF!” and would call such suspicions paranoia, please shut off NPR and pay attention to the real world….
Perhaps, just maybe, Clapper will break with this Administration’s tradition and actually tell the truth. I am skeptical, however. But then, I am one of those voices warning of tyranny around every corner. It is there, right next to the listening devices, the surveillance cameras, and the wiretaps. And behind the closed doors at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.