A Bugged Life - Plausible Deniability Scramble

  • Aired:  10/30/13
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Members of the House Intelligence Committee protest the excesses of American intelligence gathering that they themselves authorized. (6:20)

SO POST NSA REVELATION, THEHOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

HAULED IN OUR NATION'S SPYCHIEFS YESTERDAY.

WHO CAME BEFORE THECONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE HAT

IN HAND.

>> THIS IS A TOUGH TIME FORNSA WHERE EVERYBODY SAYS

WHAT ARE YOU DOING OR WHYARE YOU DOING.

IT IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANTFOR THIS COUNTRY THAT WE

DEFEND THIS NATION AND TAKETHE BEATING THAN IT IS TO

GIVE UP A PROGRAM THAT WOULDRESULT IN THIS NATION BEING

ATTACKED.

>> I'M SORRY, DID I SAY THEYCAME HAT IN HAND.

I MEANT MIDDLE FINGERS ABLAZING.

YES, THE INTELLIGENCECOMMUNITY'S ATTTUDE COULD

BEST BE DESCRIBED AS ARE WEDONE HERE?

BECAUSE I NEED TO GET BACKON THAT WALL.

YOU NEED ME ON THAT WALL.

YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH.

SHOW ME THE MONEY.

YOU HAD ME AT HELLO.

WE AIN'T TEACHING RADIO,RADIO TEACHING US.

THAT'S NOT A NOISE, THIS ISA NOISE, I'M NOT A STRIPPER,

I'M A DANCER.

SAID THE DIRECTOR OF THENATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY.

BUT THE CONGRESS PEOPLE INTHE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE

COMMITTEE WERE ADAMANT THEYDID NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT

HOW WE GATHER INTELLIGENCE.

>> I THINK THAT IF YOU ARETAPPING THE PHONE LINE OF A

FOREIGN LEADER, AND ALLYTHAT IS A SIGNIFICANT

INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITY THATSHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE

COMMITTEE.

>> I TOO WANT TO JUST SAYTHAT WE NEED TO DO

EVERYTHING WE CAN TOINSURE THAT OUR MEMBERS

GET THE INFORMATION THAT WENEED.

>> WHY DID WE NOT KNOW THATHEADS OF STATES WERE BEING

EAVES DROPPED ON, SPIED ON.

>> I THOUGHT WE WERE BROS.

THESE FOLKS IN CONGRESS ONTHE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE

COMMITTEE ARE COMPLETELYTAKEN OFF GUARD BUT

WHAT-- MAYBE THE EXCESSES OFAMERICAN INTELLIGENCE

GATHERING AND THEY HAVE EVERYRIGHT TO BE OUTRAGED AND

SURPRISED.

WELL, NOT EVERY RIGHT, NORIGHT, THEY HAVE NO RIGHT.

HERE'S WHY.

>> IN 2001 CONGRESS PASSEDTHE PATRIOT ACT GIVING OUR

INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES ACCESSTO QUOTE ANY TANGIBLE THING.

THAT'S THE PHRASE THAT'S INTHE PATRIOT ACT.

OUR NATION'S INTELLIGENCEHAS TO HAVE ACCESS TO

EVERYTHING EXCEPTWISHES AND FAIRIES.

AND THAT ACT WAS RENEWEDTWICE BY CONGRESS.

IN 2007 CONGRESS PASSED THEPROTECT AMERICA ACT.

GIVING THOSE SAME AGENCIESBLANKET

SURVEILLANCE POWERS WITHOUTEVEN HAVING TO NAME SPECIFIC

TARGETS.

IN 2008 AND 2012 EXPANDEDAND EXTENDED POWERS,

EXPLICITLY REJECTED ANAMENDMENT OF A DISCLOSURE OF

THE SURVEILLANCE.

SO THE LEGISLATUREBEWILDERED AT THE SCOPE AND

REACH OF THE SURVEILLANCEGRANTED THEM THE SCOPE AND

REACH.

IF I MAY, I CAN'T BELIEVEYOU STAYED OUT ALL NIGHT AND

GOT DRUNK JUST BECAUSE ILEFT YOU WITH A KEG OF BEER

AND A NOTE THAT SAID DOWHATEVER THE [BLEEP] YOU

WANT FOR AS LONG AS YOUWANT.

I MEAN FOR GOD'S SAKE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

I SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE THAT.

WITH THIS INCREDIBLY PERMISSIVE LEGAL FRAMEWORK

THEY COULD SURVEIL THEENTIRE WORLD.

ALL THEY WOULD NEED ISUNLIMITED MONEY AND MANPOWER

WHICH CONGRESS ALSO GAVETHEM.

>> WE SPEND MORE ONINTELLIGENCE BY SOME

ESTIMATES THAN THE REST OFTHE WORLD PUT TOGETHER.

>> THERE ARE NOW 3200GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS AND

PRIVATE FIRMS WORKING ONHOMELAND SECURITY.

COUNTER TERRORISM ANDINTELLIGENCE.

854,000 PEOPLE HOLD TOPSECRET SECURITY CLEARANCES.

>> 10,000 LOCATIONS IN THEUNITED STATES WHERE

GOVERNMENT OR PRIVATECONTRACTORS ARE WORKING ON

INTELLIGENCE.

>> A MASSIVE NSA UTAH DATAFACILITY WHICH CAN HOLD FIVE

ZETABYTES OF DATA.

>> Jon: WHAT!

THAT THING CAN HOLD SO MUCHDATA THEY JUST MADE UP A

WORD FOR HOW THE DATA CANBE.

A ZETABYTE.

THAT'S NOT EVEN-- WHAT'S THELAST LETTER OF THE ALPHABET,

Z, ZETABYTE IS THERE ANYBODYON THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE

COMMITTEE WHO WILL TAKE SOMERESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS.

>> I JUST WANT TO CLARIFYTHE RECORD ON THIS, THAT

THIS COMMITTEE IS BRIEFED ONTHE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

PRIORITY FRAMEWORK.

ALL OF THE PRODUCTS OF THEINTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY OF

WHICH WE ARE CONSUMERS AREAVAILABLE TO THE COMMITTEE.

SOURCES AND METHODS, UNLIKEANY OTHER COMMITTEE HERE IN

THIS CONGRESS, ARE AVAILABLETO THIS COMMITTEE.

IT IS DISINGENUOUS TO IMPLYTHAT THIS COMMITTEE DID NOT

HAVE A FULL AND COMPLETEUNDERSTANDING OF ACTIVITIES

OF THE INTELLIGENCECOMMUNITY.

>> Jon: HERE HERE, COMMITTEECHAIR MR. ROGERS, REALLY,

YOU'RE MR. ROGERS?

WELL, WON'T YOU SPY ON MYNEIGHBOR.

FINALLY, A HERO EMERGES.

SOMEONE WHO IS WILLINGTO STAND UP AND SAY LOOK, WE

MADE THIS FRANKENSTEINMONSTER AND IT IS

OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REINHIM IN AND CONTROL HIM, OR

PERHAPS HE'LL GO THE OTHERWAY AND SUGGEST YES, WE KNOW

ABOUT IT AND IT'S ALL GOOD.

>> I WOULD ARGUE THAT MAYBETHE FACT THAT WE HAVEN'T HAD

ANY COMPLAINTS COME FORWARDWITH ANY SPECIFICITY,

ARGUING THAT THEIR PRIVACYHAS BEEN VIOLATED CLEARLY

INDICATES IN TEN YEARS,CLEARLY INDICATES THAT

SOMETHING MUST BE DOINGRIGHT, SOMEBODY MUST BE

DOING SOMETHING EXACTLYRIGHT.

>> Jon: YES, LADIES ANDGENTLEMEN, I GIVE YOU THE

CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSEINTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE'S

AIRTIGHT LOGIC FOR WHY THISCAN'T A BIG DEAL, BECAUSE

FOR TEN YEARS NO ONESPECIFICALLY COMPLAINED THAT

THEY WERE BEING SURVEILEDWITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE.

>> YOU CAN'T HAVE YOURPRIVACY VIOLATED IF YOU

DON'T KNOW YOUR PRIVACY ISVIOLATED, RIGHT?

>> Jon: OF COURSE YOU CAN'THAVE YOUR PRIVACY VIOLATED

IF YOU DON'T KNOW YOURPRIVACY IS BEING-- SPYING IS

LIKE HEALTH CARE.

IF YOU NEVER FIND THAT TUMORIN YOUR YOUR BALL SAC,

IT CAN'T KILL YOU!

IT'S LIKE BENJAMIN FRANKLINSAID.

THOSE WHO WOULD TRADELIBERTY FOR SECURITY SHOULD

NEVER FIND OUT THAT THATDECISION HAS ALREADY BEEN MADE

FOR THEM.

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