Sen. Saxby Chambliss Talks NSA, GOP's Future in Georgia

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Last week, at the urging of the White House, the House of Representatives defeated a bill to curb the NSA’s powers. But lawmakers are facing mounting pressure to limit government surveillance programs and increase their transparency.

On Wednesday, New York Senator Chuck Schumer told reporters that President Obama informed Senate Democrats in a meeting earlier in the day that he was willing sit down and talk to members of the Senate to discuss potential reforms.

Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, and alongside Democratic leader Senator Dianne Feinstein, he has been exploring such options for how to best modify the surveillance program. Senator Chambliss joins us on the program.


Senator Saxby Chambliss

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman and Jen Poyant


T.J. Raphael

Comments [12]

Michael from Manhattan

Agreed with Avid LIstener — Chambliss unloaded a pack of lies and you didn't challenge any of them. You just let him be a mouthpiece for disinformation. What happened to journalism? Sheesh.

Aug. 02 2013 03:24 PM
Avid Listener from Detroit Michigan

Rarely does an interview on this show cause me to bang my head on the steering wheel during my commute. However, I have bruises on my forehead today.

Today's Senator Saxby interview was nothing less than a scripted PR piece for the NSA and its recent illegal practices. One that went completely unchallenged.

It was a missed opportunity to shed light on an enormous story which affects all Americans.

You had one job.

Aug. 01 2013 07:10 PM
Patric Davidson from Seattle

Reasonable Suspicion is what a Police Officer needs in order to demand to see your ID. For those of us that have been in this situation and pushed the envelope, we know it means nothing. Asking a servant "What's your reasonable suspicion" is nothing less than dangerous. So, when a politician says "The NSA cant just look through your emails, they need reasonable suspicion", you know it means "The NSA looking through every email you ever sent". For servants, Reasonable Suspicion is "Because I felt like it". Now, I refuse to hear about how Obama is the bad guy here. This was in place since the Patriot Act. We knew then that our rights went out the window and didnt say shit about it. Now we NEED to bitch long and clear so he hears it. If this is still in place in 2016, AFTER we've made noise, then ok..blame Barry. But this is still Bush's baby as far as I am concerned, and our problem. We need to be clear and emphatic "This, along with the entirety of the Patriot Act, needs to go, pronto". It's on us. Get pissed, be loud, be clear. The Patriot Act is as Unamerican as a Swastika and has no place in a free nation.

Aug. 01 2013 06:28 PM

It is not a 4th amendment issue. It is a 1st amendment issue. Freedom of association is at stake. Look up the Supreme Court decision in NAACP vs Alabama (1958). Alabama wanted membership lists, NAACP said no and win the right to protect the identities of its members. In so doing its freedom of association was preserved ( one did not have to fear as a consequence of associating with the NAACP ).

Having the meta data and the authority to access that data allows the Government to create fear of association with people deemed under suspicion of mis-conduct (terrorism or otherwise).

Aug. 01 2013 04:07 PM
tom LI

Funny word? meta-data! Maybe to an old out of touch Senator - not me!

I'm a little annoyed at our host for not calling the Senator on his condescending tone, and script read. Clearly Chambliss like so many of these insulated, daily Ego-stroked Employees of the US citizenry thinks we're all idiots.

We KNOW the Intelligence agency's HAVE gone too far many times before, so why not now? Oh because they need a court order? Or that they cant do X, or Y due to the rules. Rules!?! When have the rules mattered one micron since 9-11?

The US citizenry needs proof that these or any surveillance programs are actually working. Not just told they are...but shown! Show us the wins, and losses.

Literally laughed my arse off on my drive home. How naive can Chambliss be of an audience? Clearly his staff have no idea who would be listening to this radio was not the Georgia GOP Kool-aid drinkers he might be used to condescending to...!

So sick and tired of guys like Chambliss who still read off a 30 years old script...!

FYI Sen Chambliss, most Americans simply don't trust these agencies to do the ethical and right thing! No matter who is on the oversight committees! If not for Snowden, none of the NSA's activities would be under review! Wake up!

Aug. 01 2013 03:45 PM

Really, I do expect more from this program, but not after that Super Softball advertiview. Also not sure about this yet but hard to believe it is a hoax -

Aug. 01 2013 03:33 PM
RT from Santa Clara

Senator Chambliss says "...'metadata-' it's kind of a funny word, but..."

Honestly, does this sort of thing actually play, in Georgia?

Bless their hearts.

Aug. 01 2013 03:29 PM

It's not about if they're accessing the information, it's about them violating the 4th amendment. They should not be collecting that data.
Since you've forgotten the Constitution is the highest law of the land and no one is exempt:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized".

The NSA has in effect made photocopies of everyone's mail without warrants. It's wrong and if you cannot fulfill your oath of office to defend and protect the Constitution, you need to step down.

The Constitution is the guarantee that the government will not overstep the bounds and it's been stepped over. Saying that you're not going to do "this or that" is irrelevant because you took an oath to defend the Constitution and failed to do so. Credibility is lost. It will be taken further because the guarantee has been broken.

Knowingly, willingly and secretly undermining the Constitution is de facto declaring war on the United States. I'll direct you to article 3 section 3.

Aug. 01 2013 03:16 PM

I would love to see the guests actually grilled on the topics and their comments. This entire interview was nothing more than an underhand toss for the guest to give his prepared answer. No rebuttal at all, nothing more than a commercial.

I guess I need to expect less and then I wont be disappointed.

Aug. 01 2013 03:15 PM
Tom Thommpson from Citrus Heights, CA

Sen. Saxby Chambliss is wrong. A N.S.A. analyst can read any email by simply filling out two items in a form. Without supervision or a search warrant.


Aug. 01 2013 03:14 PM
Bob Brewer from Quincy, Illinois

Why should we believe Mr Chambliss knows everything that goes on at the NSA, when even the Director of the NSA blatently lied to him and Congress?

Aug. 01 2013 12:21 PM

Right wing?
Has this administration ever been called left wing on this air?
The last time Georgia was a blue state it was a
segregationist state.

Aug. 01 2013 09:18 AM

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