Senators to Question FBI Nominee on Spying Programs

Senators to Question FBI Nominee on Spying Programs

Lawmakers on a U.S. Senate panel tomorrow are expected to question President Barack Obama’s nominee to run the Federal Bureau of Investigation on national-security surveillance programs and other issues.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, headed by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., are scheduled to meet Tuesday on Capitol Hill for the nomination hearing of James Comey, who was tapped by the White House to succeed Robert Mueller as director of the FBI.

The event is likely to be widely attended and cover a range of topics, including the National Security Agency surveillance programs disclosed by former Pentagon contractor Edward Snowden, who remains in a Moscow airport after fleeing the U.S. and Taiwan.


Snowden is wanted by the U.S. after leaking information about classified NSA programs known as PRISM and Upstream, which allow officials to capture e-mails and other digital information on potential threats from tech companies such as Google Inc. and fiber-optic cable networks.

Comey is being nominated to serve a decade-long term. From 2003 to 2005, he was deputy attorney general at the Justice Department during the George W. Bush administration. In 2004, he urged then-Attorney General John Ashcroft not to renew the government’s domestic surveillance program.

In announcing the nomination, Obama touted Comey’s law-enforcement roots. The grandson of a patrolman who later led the Yonkers Police Department, Comey helped bring down the Gambino crime family as a young prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, Obama said in his remarks.

“Jim is exceptionally qualified to handle the full range of challenges faced by today’s FBI — from traditional threats like violent and organized crime, to protecting civil rights and children from exploitation, to meeting transnational challenges like terrorism and cyber threats,” Obama said.

During the hearing, Leahy will probably ask Comey for his thoughts on legislation the senator introduced last month to curb the government’s ability to spy on Americans under amended provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 and the USA PATRIOT Act of 2008.

“It’s certainly fair game and it’s something on his radar,” a committee aide told Military​.com.

The bill, called the FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act of 2013, “will improve the privacy protections and accountability provisions associated with these authorities,” Leahy said last month in a release announcing the legislation.

S.1215 would end some surveillance efforts more than two years early in June 2015, impose additional standards on authorities and make public information about the government’s requests and their impacts on personal privacy, according to the release.

Co-sponsors include Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Richard Blumenthal, D-CT; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Jon Tester, D-Mont.; Mark Udall, D-Colo.; and Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

Also watch for Comey to field questions about the detention of suspected terrorists at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay and white-collar crime. “You will see a little bit of everything,” the aide said. “The questions will be very wide-ranging.”

The committee may hold a vote on his nomination in about two weeks — after Comey submits for the congressional record written responses to members’ questions, the aide said.

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I’d rather see the FBI disbanded, and all current agents put in “status limbo” for some length of time, while a FULL, and PUBLIC AUDIT of the ENTIRE FBI structure is completed…and ongoing “investigations” can be handled by other agencies, w/the former FBI agents as new, minimum-wage contract employees…all you FBI guys are dedicated public servants, right? You’d be ok w/this, right…???…
Well, I can dream, can’t I…???…after all, J.Edgar Hoover used to dream that he was NOT a paranoid, closeted homosexual Momma’s boy…
***The NSA snooping that Snowden exposed *suppoesedly* stopped “over 50 terrorist attacks”, but the Boston Marathon thing wasn’t one of them, even though the FBI *KNEW* for at least 2 years…See what I mean? FBI has NO credibility…
FBI = F’ed up Beyond Imagination…

Hey, the NSA knows everything and the FBI does all the doing, it won’t be long before the two are merged together. Thought Police anyone? Add CIA for Global Thought Police.

NFSBIA = National Federal Security Bureau of Investigation Activities…
NFSBIA + CIA = CNFSBIAIA…
CNFSBIAIA = Central National Federal Security Bureau Intelligence Activities Investigations Agency…
That’s the bestest i can do on such short notice…
But, combining *3* agencies into ONE, should result in great savings to the American taxpayer…
“CNFSBIAIA, your one-stop shop for the data drop”…
…thnx, as usual, fer the inspiration, blight…

They are all together under the loose umbrella of the United States Intelligence Community. All 16 agencies.

BuReau of Knowing EverythiNg. BROKEN.

So we’re told. Mixed messages on how closely they co-operate.

I would love to see James Comey respond by lecturing these esteemed legislators on how difficult it is to convince good people to enter government service. Following this with his announcement that he is withdrawing from consideration and leaving for the private sector where he can quadruple his earnings. Finally, walking out and leaving these distinguished representatives of the people staring at an empty chair.

If this current “REGIME” in Washington continues to nominate ultra Liberals as such, we won’t have any government agency worth a damn.…Look around and see the udder silence that persists on so many Intel Problems that have blown up in our faces.…We no longer have any “aggressive leadership”.…

…“udder silence” = MOO QUIETLY!…lol…
Sorry, Steve, nuttin’ personal, sometimes I’m an utter idiot, 2…
Also, not to take sides, but everytime POTUS speaks, he is speaking to the WHOLE WORLD, not simply CONUS, and not to either the Repubtard or Demoncrap wing of the Mono-Duopoly political party.….

Spying on people isnt nice.Time to stop all thatcamera here there as if the normal citizens are all crooks,we dont pay taxes for that kind of work,and if we needed someone for something get a team of soldiers to get em or bomb the place,.We have had enough wars soon with the depression coming not onlly USA also europe people will be mad enough,jobless,etchelp people dont spy!!!

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