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Franken ‘Very Well Aware Of’ NSA Tracking Phone Records
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Posted on 06/11/2013 7:19:11 AM PDT by RummyChick

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — US Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., says he’s not surprised by revelations that federal security agencies collect phone and computer data on American citizens.

The National Security Agency secretly gathered personal data on Americans since 2007, including their internet use and cell phone service. It’s something Franken says he “was very well aware of.”

“I can assure you, this is not about spying on the American people,” Franken said.

Franken, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he got secret security briefings on the program and he says it prevented unspecified terrorist acts.

“I have a high level of confidence that this is used to protect us and I know that it has been successful in preventing terrorism,” Franken said.

Franken’s comments come one day after a former U.S. government intelligence worker, named Edward Snowden, identified himself as the person responsible for leaking documents about the program to a British Newspaper.

Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison told ABC News he has deep concerns and that very few members of Congress knew the extent of the secret surveillance.

“We need to peel it back and we need to make sure congress is considering the constitution when we write these laws,” Ellison said.

But Franken defends the secrecy of the program, saying the government is trying to strike a delicate balance between public right to safety and the public right to privacy.

“There are certain things that are appropriate for me to know that is not appropriate for the bad guys to know,” Franken said.

Franken said he believes it’s proper for the Justice Department to investigate the government worker who leaked the existence of the NSA program.

However, Franken did not answer our question on whether he thought the leaker should be extradited from Hong Kong and prosecuted.


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1 posted on 06/11/2013 7:19:11 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

drudge title
AL FRANKEN: ‘There Are Certain Things Appropriate For Me To Know That Is Not Appropriate For Bad Guys To Know’...


2 posted on 06/11/2013 7:19:47 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

“he says it prevented unspecified terrorist acts.”

Just what were the “unspecified terrorist acts” ya’ buffoon? Tell us.


3 posted on 06/11/2013 7:21:00 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: RummyChick
But Franken defends the secrecy of the program, saying the government is trying to strike a delicate balance between public right to safety and the public right to privacy.

What about the 4th Amendment, you moron?

4 posted on 06/11/2013 7:21:12 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: RummyChick

he gubmint is free to listen to your phone calls and read your emails...since these were not around at the time the 4th Amendment was incorporated, right?

Apparently that’s how The Regime reads it:

Justice Department Expands Hunt for Data on Cellphones
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/26/justice-department-expands-hunt-for-data-on-cellphones/

Obama’s NSA eavesdropping goes beyond that of Bush... after campaigning on the promise of: “ No warrantless wiretaps if you elect me!”

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9845595-7.html


5 posted on 06/11/2013 7:21:26 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: RummyChick

The National Security Agency secretly gathered personal data on Americans since 2007...

Go back years and years is more like it-been going on since the 1990’s.


6 posted on 06/11/2013 7:21:35 AM PDT by seeker41 (Take back your country before it is too late-STOP islamic expansion in the USA remove zero)
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To: RummyChick
AL FRANKEN: ‘There Are Certain Things Appropriate For Me To Know That Is Not Appropriate For Bad Guys To Know’...

Bad Guys? really al you putz?....have you looked in a mirror???

7 posted on 06/11/2013 7:22:38 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: RummyChick

What a coincidence. I have proof I am the second Coming of St. Peter but I cant talk about it because of natsec reasons. So all you people just accept my claim and moce on.


8 posted on 06/11/2013 7:22:46 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: RummyChick

Al should be pat with all of this. He supports the Liberal one party government idea.


9 posted on 06/11/2013 7:23:05 AM PDT by oyez (Hell is a gun free zone.)
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To: RummyChick
AL FRANKEN: ‘There Are Certain Things Appropriate For Me To Know That Is Not Appropriate For Bad Guys To Know’...

Note to Al....you ARE the bad guy.

10 posted on 06/11/2013 7:23:54 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: RummyChick

Well that makes me feel better. I mean there is no reason to believe a government agency would target ordinary citizens.....


11 posted on 06/11/2013 7:24:26 AM PDT by martinidon
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To: RummyChick

FUAF


12 posted on 06/11/2013 7:24:27 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: RummyChick

Ellison vs Franken.

PURSE FIGHT!!!!


13 posted on 06/11/2013 7:24:54 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: RummyChick

It didn’t ID the Boston Bombers. It didn’t slow down Hassan. It didn’t ID this nut case out in Santa Monica...

But it sure did find all those TEA Party donors and associated groups.


14 posted on 06/11/2013 7:25:12 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: RummyChick

Senator “Watchdog” Franken was and is asleep during his watch.


15 posted on 06/11/2013 7:25:16 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: laweeks

It is the “perfect” libtard ploy, similar to “we created 4 million jobs” without any proof, but in this case, there must be evidence. Please, somebody at the NSA out that lying Franken.


16 posted on 06/11/2013 7:27:58 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: All

Your daily interception with Stuart Smalley:

“You’re good enough, you’re nice enough, and gosh darn it, people like you. People in Pakistan, apparently.”


17 posted on 06/11/2013 7:29:30 AM PDT by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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To: RummyChick

18 posted on 06/11/2013 7:30:06 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: RummyChick

Franken in a liberal poster boy. I don’t think even liberals will like his spying endorsement of Americans.


19 posted on 06/11/2013 7:30:33 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: RummyChick
Guy stole his senate seat with thousands of ballots "found" in the trunks of cars.

Everything about him screams "crook."

20 posted on 06/11/2013 7:32:49 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Forget it, Jake. It's Eric Holder's people.")
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To: RummyChick

Pathetic liberal idiot and moron. And believe me, I would say that to his face. Respectfully of course!


21 posted on 06/11/2013 7:32:50 AM PDT by BibleGunClinger
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To: RummyChick

I think Greenwald is planning to lie low until they all stick their feet in their mouths and then produce the evidence.


22 posted on 06/11/2013 7:32:52 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: RummyChick
“I can assure you, this is not about spying on the American people . . . There are certain things that are appropriate for me to know that is not appropriate for the bad guys to know,” Franken said.

The assurances of a buffoon in the ruling class do not assure me - certainly not when our God-given constitutional rights are admittedly being violated by what is supposed to be our government. More important than what might be appropriate for Franken to know, there are certain things that are not appropriate for Franken or any of the other bad guys to know. The federal government should not have these data on everyone under any circumstances, and they should not have these data on any individual without a warrant based on probable cause to suspect that individual, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the data to be seized.

23 posted on 06/11/2013 7:33:35 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: RummyChick
“While I believe that law enforcement must have the tools it needs to do its job, I don’t believe those powers should go without adequate oversight, which is why I could not support this version of the PATRIOT Act.”

-- Al Franken, May 25, 2011

24 posted on 06/11/2013 7:34:46 AM PDT by alancarp (Obama will grab your guns and ship them to Mexican drug mobs.)
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To: RummyChick
AL FRANKEN: ‘There Are Certain Things Appropriate For Me To Know That Is Not Appropriate For Bad Guys To Know’...

"I'm good enough, but you're not!" Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah!

25 posted on 06/11/2013 7:35:52 AM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: RummyChick

I can’t believe the morons in that state elected AN ACTUAL CLOWN to the Senate.


26 posted on 06/11/2013 7:36:02 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: dirtboy

“What about the 4th Amendment, you moron? “

Exactly. This “striking the delicate balance” bullsh— never considers the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Hey Franken, Stein this: the founding fathers already did the whole delicate balance thing. They decided the individuals right to privacy trumps a building full of yazoos laughing it up in Bluffdale over my private conversations.


27 posted on 06/11/2013 7:37:13 AM PDT by at bay ("no warrant shall be issued except upon probable cause")
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To: Mr. K

We didn’t. Unless you count 107% of registered voters of certain precincts as legit...


28 posted on 06/11/2013 7:38:18 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: RummyChick

I thought the war was over?


29 posted on 06/11/2013 7:39:29 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: laweeks
“unspecified terrorist acts”

i.e. someone other than a Democrat getting "elected".

30 posted on 06/11/2013 7:43:16 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: RummyChick
it prevented unspecified terrorist acts.

It's also prevented:


31 posted on 06/11/2013 7:43:53 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: driftdiver

What happens if Snowden leaks the the NSA is watching and listening to Tea Party members. Totally possible.


32 posted on 06/11/2013 7:47:23 AM PDT by magua
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To: magua

totally probable.

Obama has shown he will not respect any boundaries. Chicago politics all the way.


33 posted on 06/11/2013 7:50:42 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: RummyChick

It’s not about spying on Democrats.

Franken knows.


34 posted on 06/11/2013 7:53:28 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: RummyChick

I wonder if Franken said that when W was Prez......


35 posted on 06/11/2013 7:55:39 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: driftdiver

I feel Snowden is a very smart and careful guy. This feels like a Bourne movie. He didn’t leave the building empty handed. I feel he cherry picked what would have the maximum impact for his cause. The beauty thing about this is that lying can bite you. Who knows what emails he has. This will take weeks to play out.


36 posted on 06/11/2013 7:58:26 AM PDT by magua
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To: seeker41

I am paranoid. I wonder if that Hustler guy (the porno king) got access to “the data” and used his plea for info from the people as a way to divert where he got all his info on Republican politicians.


37 posted on 06/11/2013 8:00:34 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: RummyChick
“I have a high level of confidence that this is used to protect us and I know that it has been successful in preventing terrorism,” Franken said.

Well, then the LAW as expressed in the Bill of Rights doesn't matter, does it? As long as we have Nazi Franken's assurance that breaking the LAW was to PROTECT us?

How wonderful to be able to break the LAW with impunity!

How wonderful to be above the LAW!

How wonderful that the LAW applies differently to high-handed, sanctimonious, hypocritical government hacks than it does to upstanding, patriotic, productive citizens!

Long live the aristocracy!

38 posted on 06/11/2013 8:02:15 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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> But Franken defends the secrecy of the program, saying the government is trying to strike a delicate balance between public right to safety and the public right to privacy.

What about the 4th Amendment, you moron?

I believe this answers your question.

39 posted on 06/11/2013 8:02:53 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: RummyChick
says he got secret security briefings on the program and he says it prevented unspecified terrorist acts

I guess this village idiot didn't get the briefings on the IRS interfering with conservative orgs. I'm sure the progressives have dipped into this wealth of information (NSA) as well.

40 posted on 06/11/2013 8:03:19 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: Diogenesis

That’s photoshopped right?


41 posted on 06/11/2013 8:04:14 AM PDT by goldi
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I have a high level of confidence that this is used to protect us and I know that it has been successful in preventing terrorism

It didn't prevent Boston; and those Chechnya a$$holes were ALL OVER the internet.

42 posted on 06/11/2013 8:05:14 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: Diogenesis
Will the real Al Franken, please stand up!


43 posted on 06/11/2013 8:08:07 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: magua

they are spying on americans because that is the natural progression of the patriot act. the spooks will always want to do this. the govt is supposed to control them.

So out of 330 million people in the US, there are a few thousand they need to keep an eye on. yet they use this as justification to monitor the 330 million?


44 posted on 06/11/2013 8:12:04 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: RummyChick

THis is what passes for Oversight?

a vile disgusting punk who stole an election says , Hey, no harm no foul.


45 posted on 06/11/2013 8:20:37 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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Someone please ... Julianne Ortman or others, challenge this thing who disgraces the Senate (even more than others).
46 posted on 06/11/2013 8:29:43 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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"There are certain things that are appropriate for me to know that is not appropriate for the bad guys to know”

We can all feel better now.

47 posted on 06/11/2013 8:30:23 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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I can assure Al Franken that he will ALWAYS be infamously remembered for desperately sported an adult diaper for laughs while sucking a binky on SNL.

These days he's an intellectual infant who still sucks....On the socialist-fascist teat of Odinga and the Dem-Rat Party.

48 posted on 06/11/2013 8:32:34 AM PDT by USS Johnston
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Franken is one of those rare contemplative, born-to-be legislators. He generally reclines clad only in a diaper-like under garment contemplating his navel.

When hungry he has a bag of chips nearby and fills his navel with dip.

Franken is, indeed, a rare example of a deep thinker.


49 posted on 06/11/2013 8:36:26 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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As IF I am going to listen to anything a man says who had pictures taken of him as an adult-—wearing a diaper!!

SURE I AM!!!!


50 posted on 06/11/2013 8:50:32 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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