In a congressional report published by the (D) senator Diane Feinstein on the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act confirms that the government spies on Americans here at home. Two US senators, (D)Ron Wyden and (D) Mark Udall, asked how many Americans have their personal communications (email, text, chat, phone et cetera) monitored. The answer: no one knows; they cannot compute the number.
Actually they can’t get “even a rough estimate of this number” (p.10). Yet, they would like you to believe that: “Through rigorous oversight, the Government is able to evaluate whether changes are needed to the procedures or guidelines, and what other steps may be appropriate to safeguard the privacy of personal information “ (p.19).
How rigorous can that oversight be if our senators are incapable of even getting a rough estimate of the people affected? If the government has the technology to spy, it has the technology to compute the number of Americans deprived of their privacy. We need to ask not only how rigorous the oversight is, but what else is kept from our elected officials because of “technological limitations”.
If you feel like doing something, here is the page listing the US Senate Committee on Intelligence members with links to their personal page. Drop them a line.