Ron Wyden Warning before Snowden came out with the Truth

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Full Video down below.

The United States’ very own Senator Ron Wyden warned long before Edward Snowden about what it’s government is doing.(May 2011) It is too bad we cant listen and take action from these warnings. Senator Wyden explains we cant have two gap between what the law says and how the law is secretly interrupted.

What Senator Ron Wyden has to say:
“Mr. President the united states preparing to pass a another 4 year extension of the USA patriot act. I’ve served on the intelligence committee for over a decade. I want to deliver a warning this afternoon.

When the American people find out how their government has secretly interrupted the patriot act, they are gonna be stunned and they are going to be angry.

And there going to ask senators ‘ do you know what this law actual permits? why didn’t you know before you voted on it?’ The fact is anyone can read the plan text of the patriot act and yet many members of congress have no idea how the laws is being secretly interrupted by the executive branch because that interruption is classified. It is almost as if there are two  patriot acts, and many members of congress have not read the one that matters.

Our constituents of course are totally in the dark. Members of the public have no access to the secret legal interruptions, so they have no idea what their government believes the law  actual means.
But the law itself must always be public. Government official must not fall into the trap of secretly reinterpreting the law in a way that creates a gap between what the public believes the laws says and what the government secretly claims it says. Anytime that happens seems to me there is going to be a violation of the public trust. furthermore allowing a gap of this nature to develop is simply short sided. Both history and logic should make it clear, and that is why i brought these examples to the floor of the senate today.

Secret interruptions of the law will not say secret forever and in fact come to light pretty quickly. When the public eventually finds out that government agencies have rewriting surveillance laws in secret the result as i have demonstrated invariably a backlash and a erosion of public confidence in these government agencies.”


Full Video of Ron Wyden warning

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