Uh oh. It appears that Michele Bachmann has lost favor with Glenn Beck because she not only voted against an amendment that would have defunded the NSA, she argued that those concerned about NSA data mining and illegal spying are completely wrong.
The tape began with Bachmann saying, “A false narrative has emerged that the federal government is taking in the content of Americans’ phone calls. It’s not true. It’s not happening.”…
After the audio resumed, the congresswoman said “there is more information contained in the phone book that sits at home on your kitchen counter about each one of us than…in the national security database.” Beck’s co-host Stu Burguiere said, “Love Michele Bachmann, but do we really believe there is more information in the phone book than in the NSA database? Does she really expect us to believe that?”
The camera then panned to Beck, who had written on his chalkboard: “Michele B- is not dead to me, but she is in very ill health.”
And on this one, Beck is right. Bachmann’s argument is utterly moronic.
“Is there a privacy right as to what’s been written on that envelope? No there isn’t. Where there is a privacy right is what’s contained inside that envelope,” she said.
They have the metadata from every cell phone transmission of any kind and they get it every single day. They know every person you called, texted or emailed from your phone. They know every transaction you made online with your phone (and probably with your computer as well, but that’s a separate program). They can track your location at every moment of your day if you had your phone with you. No, this is nothing remotely like just looking at the outside of an envelope.