Harry Reid Blasts Mitch McConnell For Trying To Force The Senate To Extend Illegal NSA Spying

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Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) blasted Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnnell (R-KY) for trying get the Senate to approve an NSA spying program that a federal appeals courted ruled illegal.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded to a federal appeals court ruling that most of the NSA’s phone record collection is illegal by pushing for a flat extension of the program.

In a tweet, the Democratic Senate Minority Leader blasted McConnell:

The legislation that Reid was referring to is a bill called The USA Freedom Act, which isn’t a cure-all, but it would be the first time that the Congress has acted to roll back some of the massive post-9/11 domestic surveillance state. The USA Freedom Act has attracted broad support because it is very modest reform bill that would keep the vast majority of the NSA’s activities intact.

The real change will come if Congress does not act by June 1 when the entirety of section 215 of the Patriot Act is set to expire.

Make no mistake about it. What Mitch McConnell is trying to do is strong arm the Senate into extending an illegal spying program. This course of action would be nothing new for Congress. As the federal appeals court ruling points out, the program has always been illegal and should never have been created. In fact, Congress has been extending and expanding illegal surveillance for years.

Illegal spying supporting Republicans like Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and Tom Cotton (R-AR) have already invoked 9/11 in an attempt to frighten the American people into voluntarily giving up their liberties.

The NSA program is illegal, and Republicans are showing their true lawless colors with an attempt to trample the freedoms of the American people.

7 Replies to “Harry Reid Blasts Mitch McConnell For Trying To Force The Senate To Extend Illegal NSA Spying”

  1. There is another case pending ..If that appeals court rules in favor , this will end up at the Supreme Court…

  2. Mitch McConnell banking on the possibility of a Republican President getting elected. If so, then Illegal Spying becomes irrelevant. If Not, then Illegal Spying is a crime against all Americans…

    just saying.

  3. Sitting in a foreign country, acting like aunt Em’s niece: “There’s no place like home”.[wink]

  4. Mitch McConnell is an old fossilized dinosaur turd who doesn’t seem to realize his fellow senators on the left scrutinize every issue he trys to sell them because he’s a proven charlatan. The righties take the every man for himself attitude, because their pandering to whom ever will throw the most money their way. Mitch is flying by the seat of his pants. I personally hope to see him drooling and talking to himself on a public platform.

  5. How can a party that has as it’s main issue is a hatred and mistrust of “Big Government” keep on electing Mitch McConnell?
    How can a party that will hold an armed standoff with the BLM to protect a rich rancher’s whims support the biggest example of “Big Brother,” the NSA?

  6. Where was Reid when he was majority leader? This was morally wrong and constitutionally indefensible as soon as it was enthusiastically passed by broad support from both parties. That broad support continued to be the case when extending its provisions, regardless of which party controlled either legislative house or the executive office. The Second District’s ruling merely acknowledged one of the illegitimacies within the PATRIOT Act; to paint Reid as a hero on the issue is distasteful.

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