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(In A Nutshell) - If Gov. Christie Had NSA’s Metadata - Robert Parry/ConsortiumNews

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If Gov. Christie Had NSA’s Metadata
By Robert Parry - ConsortiumNews
1/14/14

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Even those who trust President Barack Obama not to exploit the National Security Agency’s vast stockpiles of metadata to wreak havoc on some political rival or citizen should take pause at the evidence that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s staff orchestrated a massive traffic jam as apparent retribution to Democratic officeholders who got in his way.

Until the evidence of this skullduggery traced back to Christie’s personal staff last week, the Republican governor was considered a favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination and was given a decent chance to win the White House in 2016.

So, what if the evidence of his staff’s role hadn’t come to light and the American people had no idea how vindictive a President Christie or his staff might be? What if Mr. “I Am Not a Bully” had gotten control of the NSA’s metadata detailing how virtually every American moves through life leaving behind electronic traces of their personal routines, habits and secrets?


There was a reason why John Adams and other Founders sought a government of laws, not of men. They understood that all sorts of people were likely to achieve power during the course of a nation’s history and that – while some would respect the rights of others – some surely would abuse their powers.

Laws were needed to constrain how far a powerful person could go in such abuse by holding out the possibility of legal accountability. In a nation of laws, even the highest official could be brought down by engaging in some egregious misuse of power.

But the current danger is worse than the Founders could have ever imagined...

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More: http://consortiumnews.com/2014/01/14/if-gov-christie-had-nsas-metadata/


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grasswire Jan 2014 #2
WillyT Jan 2014 #3
BelgianMadCow Jan 2014 #5
bvar22 Jan 2014 #4
WillyT Jan 2014 #6
neverforget Jan 2014 #7
WillyT Jan 2014 #8
WillyT Jan 2014 #9
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WillyT Jan 2014 #11

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 04:11 PM

1. Kickety !!!

 


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 05:13 PM

2. I always kick for Robert Parry. nt

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Response to grasswire (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 06:03 PM

3. Amen To THAT !!!

 




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Response to grasswire (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 06:24 PM

5. I should have added Consortium News to my bookmarks a long time ago

thanks for the reminder!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 06:04 PM

4. What if Mr. “I Am Not a Bully”....

.... had gotten control of the NSA’s metadata ?

Well, I know two people who don't want ANY President or Vice-President to have access to this data:
Me... and Joe Biden.



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Response to bvar22 (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 07:54 PM

6. Thank You For That !!!

 


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 08:23 PM

7. But it's only metadata therefore it's harmless

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Response to neverforget (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 08:24 PM

8. Yeah... I've Been Told That Too...

 


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 08:48 PM

9. Kick !!!

 


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 08:57 PM

10. I don't even want to think about a "President Christie" with this kind of power.

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Response to bullwinkle428 (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 09:55 PM

11. Agreed !!!

 


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