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  •  Or maybe this is what the deliberative process is (1+ / 0-)
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    emelyn

    You know, legislators taking time to weigh the competing factors and decide where they believe the security/privacy balance falls, and then offer fixes, additional oversight, or alternate mechanisms as they see fit.  Is that not how things work, and what we want?  Is that not exactly what Obama asked for?  That Congress should take a hard look at these programs, balance the competing interests, and come up with workable solutions?  Is that now somehow a bad thing?

    Because many of us do not see this in black/white terms.  Many of us see the need to make sure sufficient safeguards are in place, while still seeing a critical need for these programs.  It need not be an either/or absolutist situation.

    Or do you view immediate defunding and immediate dismantling of the entire apparatus as the only viable solution?

    I'm honestly curious -- what legislative results will satisfy you?  Altering the process for naming FISA Court judges?  More Congressional monitoring of the FISA Court's issuance of warrants?  Some kind of IG with a constant monitoring function over these NSA programs?  What kind of solutions are you advocating?   Personally, I don't think "abolish the NSA" and "tear the whole thing down," as some are advocating, are either realistic or desirable.

    So, what is it that you want Congress to do that will satisfy you?

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