Specifically, these Republicans revolt against the mass surveillance programs that were used against the Trump Administration.
Why would Republicans revolt against domestic spying? Don’t they know that we are in danger and need to be kept safe from terrorists? The rationalizations for mass surveillance have always been shaky. But now we know that the spying of the NSA, CIA, and other secretive federal bureaucracies, is the way the Deep State conducts its war against the President of the United States.
McClatchy reports, “Republicans worried about leaks consider cutting back surveillance authority.”
A small revolt in corners of the Republican Party bedevils plans for reauthorization this year of surveillance capabilities considered the “crown jewels” of the U.S. intelligence community.
Those capabilities, subject of a Senate intelligence committee hearing Wednesday, has some Republicans worried that they could get caught up in the same secret government intercepts of communications that helped to land President Donald Trump’s short-lived national security adviser in legal jeopardy.
Indeed, some conservatives on Capitol Hill think intelligence sources could leak information on them too, as they did on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and routinely flout laws sharply limiting surveillance on Americans.
“The spying by our government on Americans cannot be tolerated, and it is being tolerated,” Rep. Ted Poe, a conservative Texas Republican, said in a telephone interview.
Poe blamed the National Security Agency for overreaching its authority, and said he would not be surprised if the agency’s employees were surveilling people like himself, a former criminal court judge.
“Nothing would surprise me about what the NSA does. Unfortunately, they cannot be trusted,” said Poe, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee that will weigh reauthorization.
Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, others also fretted about temptations for intelligence community employees to turn the surveillance apparatus on Americans.
“To folks in that world, it’s crack,” said an aide to another Republican congressman, who spoke without authorization of the aide’s boss and asked for anonymity. “You’ve got to get the genie back in the box, and that’s really hard.”
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