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Judge Napolitano: 'It's Time for Congress to Clip the NSA's Wings'

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Published on Nov 19, 2013

Newly released documents reveal that the NSA was repeatedly breaking privacy rules enacted by a FISA court.


The heavily redacted materials also show that the NSA broke multiple promises to the secret court that the improper surveillance methods would be halted.

The documents were released as part of a civil liberties lawsuit. Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in with Bill Hemmer this afternoon, saying the improper actions stem from the "ridiculous" fact that the NSA essentially polices itself.

"This is the biggest spy agency on the planet. These people are spying on the telephone, email, text, utility bills and banking records of everyone in the United States and we rely on them to tell us what they're doing," he said, accusing the NSA of hiding behind "silly putty" legal arguments.

He went on to say the FISA court "is not even a real court," and suggested that it's time for Congress to look at "clipping the wings" of the NSA by slashing the agency's budget.

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