Comey: ‘There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America’

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March 9, 2017

James ComeyFBI Director James Comey warned Wednesday that Americans should not have expectations of “absolute privacy,” adding that he planned to finish his term leading the FBI.

“There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America; there is no place outside of judicial reach,” Comey said at a Boston College conference on cybersecurity. He made the remark as he discussed the rise of encryption since 2013 disclosures by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed sensitive US spy practices.
“Even our communications with our spouses, with our clergy members, with our attorneys are not absolutely private in America,” Comey added. “In appropriate circumstances, a judge can compel any one of us to testify in court about those very private communications.”

28 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Cadfael says:

    What he means is there is no government bureaucracy willing to absolutely keep their oath of office and defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. That alone is enough to fire the lot of them, including him, immediately and hire new! With all the circus surrounding the last election and bureaucrats trying to influence it for the Democrats and now trying to change the outcome all the more reason to send them all packing and to the unemployment line, as well as bar them from ever working for Uncle Sam againunless they get drafted for military service if the draft is ever re-introduced.

  • steve whitlow says:

    I guess Trump has other ideas for Comey, he will give him plenty of rope, but Comey has alot of info. I do not trust Comey, but I’m sure that Trump has him on a very short list & the right time to fire him is part of his Draining the Swamp program will come sooner than later. Comey will shoot himself in the foot & then Trump will get Session’s on his case, it’s a wait & see game that Trump plays to WIN, you will see soon. Thanks SCW a Vietnam Era Vet. 1965-1971..

  • Lou Ellen Brown says:

    The bravado with which he cloaks himself will not withstand the right to freedom of speech in America. He has crossed a line beyond which We, the People, do not have to welcome him.

  • Buford says:

    There are some of us who cannot “absolutely” be compelled. Everyone has probably done or said something that can be used as blackmail against us, and if it is out there, I’m sure a judge, the CIA, or FBI will certainly try to compell us with it to break us. A few of us have the fortitude to say “Go ahead. Do your worst. That is all you got.” Since our intel agencies can and do create fake evidence, no one should let their own history be held against themselves as blackmail — if we cannot “absolutely” trust some FBI etc. testimony, we cannot trust any of it. That is your legacy Comey, you commie shill.

  • cae973 says:

    Comey should be fired for total damage to the FBI as their reputation has been destroyed because of him and because of him there is now public distrust of this once upstanding institution!

  • Mys77 says:

    What a crock! The FBI expects what they do is private? And they expect the public to trust them? Not any more!

  • justinwachin says:

    He’s right. We all leave a digital trail every day every time we use a debit/credit card, check, or store rewards card. Our phone calls, emails and website visits are tracked. Those who travel with their cell phones on are effectively wearing a high-tech tracking collar. Ad agencies are even use the cell phone ping to track your movements in a store and to monitor where you stop in the store and how long you stay stopped.

    I don’t like that I am being tracked. The Constitution grants us limited protections. Hopefully the courts will keep those from being watered down.

  • Tins17 says:

    Repeal and replace James Comey along with the Obamacare ASAP!

  • James Brown says:

    He’s telling the truth, but not the whole truth. What he says is true but he lied by omission by not telling us that that rule does not apply to the Clintons.

  • Tins17 says:

    Mr. Comey, if you are reading this, ‘We The People’ together say,
    “YOU’RE FIRED”.

  • Tiger says:

    And if anybody knows that it is this man. What a schmuck and only reason I can imagine Trump kept him is that he waffled on Hillary and actually he is the one that got Hillary out. He knocked her out with sucker punches, left and right and I don’t think the Russians told him to do it.

    Trump is far from ignorant, has outsmarted every attack so far and must have his reasons. Perhaps waiting for all of them to expose themselves as they are doing daily with leaks.

    This is interesting.

    For Immediate Release Contact: Robert Romano

    March 8, 2017 Phone: 703-383-0880 ext. 101

    Federal agency illegally outsourced part of tax investigation into Caterpillar to Dartmouth College

    March
    8, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick
    Manning today issued the following statement blasting an unnamed federal
    agency outlined in a March 7 New York Times report for illegally outsourcing parts of a tax investigation into Caterpillar to Dr. Leslie Robinson, accounting professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College:

    “It
    is illegal for the federal government to outsource tax investigations
    to non-government personnel due to the highly confidential nature of tax
    records. This leaked report meant to embarrass a company that President
    Trump recently praised was illegally leaked for political purposes, but
    what it reveals was that a federal agency, unnamed at the moment,
    apparently shared tax information with a Dartmouth College professor to
    go after Caterpillar. This continuation of the left’s use of the
    government as a political weapon almost two months in to the Trump
    presidency is beyond troubling.

    “Notwithstanding the law, in 2015, the IRS issued a regulation that dramatically expanded the persons who could review tax information
    in the course of a tax investigation. This episode of a contractor’s
    report being leaked emphasizes why not only this was a bad idea, but why
    it still violated the law. This regulation should be defunded by
    Congress and enforcement suspended.

    “If
    there was an effective ‘Taxpayer Advocate’ these abuses might be
    identified and stamped out, but unfortunately, the culture of corruption
    at the IRS and other agencies, with their surrogate outside consultants
    remains intact. It is time for the Trump Administration to enforce the
    law against the use of outside contractors to conduct tax
    investigations. What’s more, Congress needs to seriously question what
    the so-called Taxpayer Advocate has been doing besides lobbying for
    increased IRS appropriations?”

    To view online: http://getliberty.org/2017/03/federal-agency-illegally-outsourced-part-of-tax-investigation-into-caterpillar-to-dartmouth-college/

    Attachments:

    “I
    was provided with all documents available to the case agents assigned
    to the investigation.” Dr. Leslie Robinson, accounting professor at the
    Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, quoted from report from
    tax investigation into Caterpillar, March 7, 2017 at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/business/caterpillar-tax-fraud.html

    Letter from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, May 13, 2015 at https://www.finance.senate.gov/chairmans-news/hatch-questions-irss-outsourcing-of-taxpayer-examination

    The
    IRC authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to make inquiries
    regarding tax liability, and permits the Secretary to delegate this
    authority to “officers or employees of the Treasury Department….”[1] 26
    U.S.C. §§ 6201 [ https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/6201 ]

    This
    authority includes both the examination of “books, papers, records, or
    other data[,]” and the taking of testimony under oath.[2] 26 U.S.C. §
    7602(a). [ https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/7602 ]

    While
    the Secretary has broad powers to delegate authorities, any delegation
    is limited to an “officer, employee, or agency of the Treasury
    Department” unless Congress expressly grants broader authority.[3] 26
    U.S.C. § 7701(a)(11)(B), (12)(A). [ https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/7701 ]

    In
    addition to limitations on who can carry out these functions, Congress
    also created safeguards around the use of confidential taxpayer
    information by prohibiting officers and employees of the United States
    from disclosing taxpayer information except in limited circumstances.[4]
    26 U.S.C. § 6103. [ https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/6103
    ] By enacting these provisions, Congress made clear that certain
    revenue functions may be carried out only by specified officers of the
    Treasury Department and that taxpayer data can only be disclosed in
    limited circumstances.

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  • Askjrsk says:

    Comey couldn’t find evidence of HILLARY and any criminal wrong doing. Put this loser who has discredited the FBI out to pasture. Talk about in cognitive. There aren’t enough adjectives to describe this failed top cop want to be.

  • Jean Langford M. says:

    THE WAY I SEE YOU COMEY…THERE IS “ABSOLUTLY ‘NO'” NEED OF YOU BEING IN THAT “FBI” JOB ANY MORE…YOUR A “‘LIE’ABILITY”…”NOT” A ASSET….TIME YOU SHOULD BE REPLACED…. “NOW.”

  • Drew Binkley says:

    If this is true these agency doing the monitoring need to be broken up and dissaembled and he and his agency should be first otherwise our constitution is meaningless.

  • Taking care of business! says:

    Realistically, there never has been since our nation was founded. Of course, it’s by degree; just as it’s slowly grown since day one. And NO, I’m not making a case for government spying!

  • mizbehaves says:

    Why is this man still in this job? Should have been turning out the lights, holding hands, and walking out the door with Hillary.

  • rewindpulaski says:

    Let’s not “shoot the massager” on this one folks… Granted; Comey has proven himself to be a snake – and a disloyal one at that – but he has presented a very freighting point. This is all too much “Brave New World” and “1984 Orwellian” to me. If what he says is true – and sadly I believe it is – it must be stopped immediately. What’s the difference between general populace surveillance and the invasion of our privacy and what the old Soviet Union’s KGB and Hitler’s Gestapo “did”? Only that there is more sophistication in the technology to obtain private info on you and yours today. Up to and including “spying” on individuals via cell phones and smart TVs.. My God! Who makes such decisions – to spy on our citizens (“normal folks like us”) who are just living their daily lives (hopefully at peace)? Who actually believes they should have the power to do so? Whoever that is and whatever group they belong to needs to be exposed and placed in stocks so all of us can beat the living hell out of them and then leave them to rot.

    1. Just1Saddletramp says:

      Pogo said it best. ” We have met the enemy and they are us “. Years ago the general populace determined it was okay to use any available technology for any reason in order to keep us secure. Today, the twisted minds of the powers-that-be are continuing that concept. You ( I am speaking metaphorically ),. may not be a threat but the powers alone feel they are the determining factor in the equation. In summary, we the people, have screwed ourselves.

      1. Askjrsk says:

        Thus OBAMAGATE!

      2. rewindpulaski says:

        The “Deep State” within our government – many in the intel community, many of our “representatives”, and even “former leaders” – must be “rooted out” and charged with attempting to undermine & circumvent our – “we the people’s” – legal and constitutional governance. Major items such as insurrection, sedition, and maybe even outright traitorism is in play here. I, for one, would have scoffed at such a notion just a few months ago but with what I’ve recently seen – possible tapping, hacks, possible foreign government interference, exposed CIA “spy techniques”, and even Wiki Leaks – “the conspiracy” – usually promoted and theorized by what I called the tin-foil hat crowd – maybe all too true.. As I speak (write) hearings are being held to find out how “deep” the “Deep State” really goes.. Just how “deep” is it?.. Let’s hope and pray that we can truly get to the bottom of it and rid ourselves of those – the snakes, the rats, and the uncaring – who inhabit such a place. No doubt about it; our country and how it constitutionally governs is at stake here. I can’t actually believe that I’m even saying that…

  • McFerguson says:

    He also needs to disabuse the idea among a lot of the general public that it is the government’s responsibility to take care of you. It is not. It is the responsibility of each and every individual to look out for himself and his family. There is nothing free in this world, especially one’s health care.

    1. Askjrsk says:

      Absolutely

  • Pete says:

    This time the man told the truth,, If you think your getting by with something, your only fooling yourself. It’s just that no one has let you know that they also know about it. Be honest and you don’t have to worry about it.

  • St. James says:

    Fire him and put him in jail after he is compelled to tell all by a judge! Hillary should be in prison along with Bill, Obama and others!

    1. Askjrsk says:

      Absolutely

  • regulus30 says:

    FIRE HIS UNSTABLE ACE. he is crazy.

    1. Askjrsk says:

      Agree with you wholeheartedly

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