Is the NSA spying on Congress?
Probably. The spooks have shown a remarkable arrogance in sweeping up data from friend and foe alike and were probably so sure their snooping on our elected representatives would ever see the light of day that they figured, why not?
Senator Bernie Sanders (Socialist-VT), sent a letter on Friday to the director of the NSA asking him if his agency was reading Congress's mail.
The Vermont independent said he was "deeply concerned" about the NSA's collection of information on Americans and called reports that the agency listens in on foreign leaders "disturbing."
"I am writing today to ask you one very simple question," Sanders wrote in the letter addressed to NSA Director Keith Alexander. "Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials? 'Spying' would include gathering metadata on calls made from official or personal phones, content from websites visited or emails sent, or collecting any other data from a third party not made available to the general public in the regular course of business."
Sanders wrote that while he believes in securing America against terrorism, he worries strategies to do so undermine citizens' constitutional rights.
The longtime member of Congress has introduced legislation to curb the NSA and has spoken out strongly against its surveillance measures.
No doubt any analysts listening in on Congressional communications were bored to death. Still, the executive branch spying on the legislative branch is carrying the concept of national security too far. If the NSA has been peeking at Congressmen's emails and phone calls, they should quit wasting their time and get back to the business of protecting the country.