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Like Obama, Wasserman Schultz Changes Position on Surveillance Programs

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By JAVIER MANJARRES

Top Democrats are now distancing themselves from President Obama’s support of the NSA seizing of millions of phone records from Verizon customers.

Back on December 31, 2012, President Obama signed into law the extension of the FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012.  CBS Miami is reporting that Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is now saying that “she didn’t vote for the government surveillance programs because she didn’t think they protected privacy rights enough.”

Last year, Wasserman Schultz voted against  the “H.R. 5949, the FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012,” but only after she voted in favor of  The PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, which passed the House 250 to 153. The left-leaning Daily Kos called her ‘Yea’ vote, along with the other 17 Democratic votes, “shameful.”

Wasserman Schultz, who voted against the original Patriot Act is also on record for supporting FISA wiretaps conducted within the US, not overseas.  Here is Wasserman Schultz’s  2006-2011 voting record on this issue -

Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act’s roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)

Throughout his Senate career, Barack Obama was a fierce critic of surveillance efforts in the Patriot Act and vowed during the 2008 presidential campaign to end “illegal wiretapping,” casting the question of liberty versus security as a “false choice.”  But over his years in the White House, Mr. Obama has increasingly spoken of needing to “make some choices as a society,” as he did on Friday when he addressed revelations about data collection of phone and Internet records by the National Security Agency.- NY Times

Regardless of what he now says publicly, in all likelihood President Barack Obama has always favored unconstitutional intrusive intelligence gathering efforts by our intelligence agencies without first obtaining probable cause so long as he was the one overseeing the stepped-up monitoring of those who oppose his political agenda.

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  • MrMidnyte

    I do not find it surprising that where the Obama administration goes, so does DWS. She is a shill for Obama and supports his every move.

  • Mike

    Wasserman would vote for Eichmann if he was running as a democrat.

  • Michael Nappi

    I am sick to death of lies and attacks on our liberties. The Obama administration continually violates our constitution and then hides behind it.

    They have broken their oaths of office, broken laws and too many people have died under their rule.

    They are persecuting Christians, Jews, and American Patriots and anything that goes against Islam.

    They are calling people who believe, appreciate and understand the constitution “terrorists” while protecting Muslims from being investigated or proclaimed as the murderous animals hell bent on world domination that they are.

    We are under attack from within and their favorite weapons are political correctness, the news media and Barrack Obama.

    If there were any true justice left in America he and his administration would be dragged out in irons, prosecuted and tried for treason.

  • herself

    Obama is a Muslim. I never believed it all these years, esp with gay rights, as muslims don’t tolerate that in islam. However, I think that is a front to hide his religion of islam.