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Biden Railed Against Bush Surveillance in 2006

Saturday, 15 Jun 2013 11:03 AM

By Matthew Auerbach

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Vice President Joe Biden hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with his thoughts about the National Security Agency’s collection of millions of phone records, but that wasn’t the case in 2006, when he railed against the practice.

Speaking with host Harry Smith on CBS’s “The Early Show” on May 26, 2006, then-Sen. Biden was very clear about what he termed the “intrusive” surveillance being implemented by President George W. Bush.



“If I know every single phone call you made, I’m able to determine every single person you talked to,” Biden said.

“I can get a pattern about your life that is very, very intrusive.

"There’s a whole deal when you talk about this kind of stuff where under the law, they’re supposed to demonstrate that they’re getting rid of and not keeping any extraneous information that they pick up on wiretaps and/or pick up in sweeps like this.

"If it’s true that 200 million Americans’ phone calls were monitored, in terms of not listening to what they said, but to whom they spoke and who spoke to them, I don’t know.

The Congress should investigate this.”

Biden didn’t hold back when talking about the Bush administration having such sweeping powers.

“And we’re going to trust the President and Vice President of the United States that they’re doing the right thing, don’t count me in on that,” Biden said.

According to the Daily Caller, Biden likened the surveillance situation to having your banking history made available for all sorts of perusal.

“Here you have the president of the United States making a judgment that’s not reviewable by the courts and not reviewable by the Congress, and we’re supposed to say OK, and they tell us — it’s a little bit like what would happen if the banks turned over all your checking records, without your name, but gave the checking account number and every single purchase you made and pattern of your behavior — and then you were told, ‘Don’t worry, they — that’s not invasion of your privacy,’” Biden said.




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