Al Gore: Get Your Hands Off of My (Our?) Internet

Working on posts and then will have my sis-in-law in to watch the Grand Rapids Griffins defeat her Syracuse Crush tonight in hockey. (Really!)

But I did like this Al Gore interview:

Gore said he was not persuaded by the argument that the NSA surveillance had operated within the boundaries of the law.

“This in my view violates the constitution. The fourth amendment and the first amendment – and the fourth amendment language is crystal clear,” he said. “It is not acceptable to have a secret interpretation of a law that goes far beyond any reasonable reading of either the law or the constitution and then classify as top secret what the actual law is.”

Gore added: “This is not right.”

Gore even recognized the problem of the Director of National Intelligence lying under oath.

Gore did say, however, that he had serious concerns about some aspects of the testimony offered by national intelligence director James Clapper during testimony to the Senate intelligence committee last March.

Clapper, in response to pointed questions from Democratic senator Ron Wyden, had said during that appearance that the NSA did not collect data on Americans.

“I was troubled by his direct response to Senator Wyden’s very pointed question,” Gore said. “I was troubled by that.”

Yeah! Me too!

 

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emptywheel @BradMossEsq But if it doesn't do what it is supposed to do, then we should talk about that, bc then we can shut it down.
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emptywheel @BradMossEsq Just you. I've never been opposed. I'm opposed to its misuse. Upstream is prone to problems, per a pushover FISA judge.
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emptywheel @mokecule VERY many WH journos show up to every briefing knowing there's almost no chance they'll get called. They still go.
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emptywheel @mokecule Does that change the value at all of sitting and listening for the gross majority who don't get called?
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emptywheel RT @PGEddington: ICYMI: My latest on @Medium: “When Intelligence Become Advocacy” https://t.co/d9c9jly8DK
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emptywheel @KimZetter A second run then! You can benefit from Sony hack along with 133,726 consulting firms.
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emptywheel LOLOLOL It is SO perfect that Roger Cohen doesn't think having boys sit and listen to girls ask questions is good for them.
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emptywheel RT @DougJBalloon: Most entitled media whine ever? MT @NYTimesCohen WH might have advised male correspondents they could split on vacation e…
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emptywheel @GregoryMcNeal It is. Bc I've been wondering all day when someone would say that to justify "proportional" response. @jacklgoldsmith
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emptywheel @KimZetter And that was before Sony, presumably.
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emptywheel @GregoryMcNeal Just to be clear, my offer for beer for someone finding WHITE HOUSE saying that still stands.;p @jacklgoldsmith
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emptywheel @GregoryMcNeal And here I was letting them off easy (and have been noting WH has not claimed Sony was CI). @jacklgoldsmith
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