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October 10, 2015

Is the NSA Spying on Congress? Bernie Sanders Wants to Know

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Bernard Sanders sent a letter to the director of the National Security Agency on Friday, demanding that he disclose whether the intelligence agency has spied on elected officials and members of Congress.

The Vermont independent’s letter to Keith B. Alexander comes after revelations over the past weeks and months that the American government may have spied on the phones and electronic devices of foreign leaders, as well as a district court ruling that challenged the constitutionality of the agency’s domestic surveillance programs.

“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 in the letter.

Sanders is one of several lawmakers who has introduced legislation that would limit the powers of the NSA and FBI to collect mass records from American citizens without suspicion or warrant.

Sanders’ full letter can be read here.

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    Jan. 4, 2014
    9:47 p.m.

    Green Party members and other progressives are petitioning Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent, to reach out to prominent Greens such as Jill Stein and to eventually seek the Green Party nomination for president in 2016. Sanders has called for a “political revolution” in the United States and has announced that he might run for president. He has a small window of opportunity to help make that political revolution happen by helping to build the Green Party, which exists in direct opposition to the current two-party system. Please join us by asking Sanders to reach out to Jill Stein and to seek the Green Party nomination. You can read and sign the petition at A political revolution will not happen by tinkering within the Democratic Party or by going alone as an independent; if Sanders is going to run, and if he wishes his campaign to have a lasting effect, then he needs a party, and that party needs to be the Green Party.

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    10:04 a.m.

    Bernie what a stupid question ! Of course they are listening to YOU !

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    Jan. 6, 2014
    2:09 p.m.

    No, Bernie….they are not “listening” to you, only to the little people. When politicians become this stupid, there is no hope for this country.

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    3:58 p.m.

    Bernie, why don’t you try de-funding the NSA, Homeland security or the military. You’ll have your answer, lickety-split.

    While I applaud your attempt to make the NSA go on record, but ultimately, it’s futile. The financial coup of 2008 happened hand in hand with the rise of the security organizations which will soon rule the country like the KGB ruled Russia. It’s a done deal. You and the rest of congress have *very* limited power now. If you challenge these agencies or the wealthy behind them, Congress will be “neutralized” even more so than it is now.

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    senator the NSA has all the info they want on everybody in this country.more so than j.edgar hoover.

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