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|Guests: James Rosen, Carl Cameron|
"A whistleblower says the National Security Agency is logging phone calls made by Americans and storing them for possible scrutiny in the war on terror. Also, there are unproven allegations that some emails may be in the hands of American intelligence as well. As Talking Points said last night, the accumulation of phone data without anyone listening to the calls is most likely constitutional. But gathering up emails, actual words, without a specific warrant, is definitely unconstitutional. A CBS News poll shows that Americans disapprove of the government collecting phone records by a 58% to 38% margin, and 60% of Americans are not concerned that that government may be monitoring their internet use. It used to be that liberal Americans strongly objected to this kind of government snooping, but President Obama believes phone call surveillance is absolutely vital to the war on terror. The President has an obligation to tell all Americans exactly what the NSA, CIA and other intel agencies are doing. Are they really accumulating emails from Americans? It's not going to hurt the war on terror if we know that. Finally, it's very interesting to see liberals battle liberals and conservatives versus conservatives on this situation. This is one issue that has crossed party lines, big time."
Fox News correspondent James Rosen entered the No Spin Zone with the latest on allegations that the State Department covered up misdeeds during Hillary Clinton's tenure. "I've been reporting on eight cases of State Department personnel who are accused of misconduct or even crimes," he said, "and agents working for the State Department have complained that their investigations into these cases were disrupted or halted because of 'undue influence' from higher-ups. One of these was the case of U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman, who was investigated for pedophilia and prostitution charges. My reporter's gut tells me that this is headed toward disclosures that will almost certainly prove problematic for former and current top State Department officials, including individuals close to Hillary Clinton." The Factor concluded, "The bottom line is that there is chaos again in the State Department."
The Factor turned to FNC correspondent Carl Cameron, who recapped Wednesday's congressional testimony by NSA Director Keith Alexander. "The NSA chief defended the program and the personnel," Cameron stated. "He said they are trying to do what is right, that they work lawfully, and that the billions of records have been 'critical' to disrupting dozens of terrorist actions. We do know that the programs can reveal a lot of information, but the ACLU is suing the Obama administration to end collection of all the data. Remember that the phone and internet service providers were granted immunity from lawsuits five years ago. If collecting these records isn't a violation of civil liberties, why would they need immunity?"
|Guest: Florida Senator Marco Rubio|
The Factor was joined by Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who has been generally supportive of the surveillance programs. "I think there is information in the press that is not accurate," he said, "and I think there is information that could be declassified that would allow people to have more confidence in how these very important programs are run. This is a tough issue because on one hand we have programs we know are effective, but on the other hand people have an expectation of privacy." Rubio also laid out the odds of immigration reform passing Congress. "It all depends on border security and on insuring that it doesn't cost the taxpayer. The bottom line is that if we can secure the border and ensure that this doesn't happen again, I think it will pass. People have to know that the border will finally be secured!"
|Guest: Bob Beckel|
FNC co-host Bob Beckel, a loyal Democrat, put forth his thoughts on the government surveillance programs. "They're snooping around and they are invading our civil liberties," he lamented. "Ever since 9/11 and the Patriot Act, we have passed more legislation creating more of these investigative units. Every time they do something they invade our civil liberties and what they're doing now is clearly unconstitutional. I give them credit for trying to protect us, but what's new is the wholesale collection of information about average Americans. They are harming civil liberties, which is harming the nation!"
|Guests: Kirsten Powers and Kate Obenshain|
Democrat Kirsten Powers and Republican Kate Obenshain also joined the fray. "I am comfortable to a point," Powers began, "with the idea of a computer going through phone data and looking for connections and then getting a warrant if they need to go further. I am not comfortable with them storing that data in perpetuity. I think once they've sifted through it, if there is nothing there they should get rid of it." Obenshain expressed her deep distrust of the Obama team. "I have a problem with all of this," she declared. "Though the administration might say that it is handling this legally, this is an administration that said it would never target conservative groups and that there is no data collection program for millions of Americans. The administration has a pattern of lying about targeting its political adversaries."
|Guest: Adam Carolla|
Adam Carolla took aim at 33-year-old Tennessean Orlando Shaw, who has fathered 22 women with 14 women. "Orlando, get over your latex allergy," Carolla began, "and if it were up to me, I would put a boot on your junk. I don't trust you and you should never be able to have sex again. I would also like to parade you around as the world's worst father. We stopped judging people like you a long time ago because some idiot told us we couldn't judge. We judge smokers more harshly than we judge deadbeat dads." The Factor recommended a specific sentence for Shaw: "I think Orlando should go to jail for ten years. He's a menace, he doesn't care, he thinks it's a joke, so let's put him away for abusing these children."
|Guest: Juliet Huddy|
Authorities in Britain have nixed a TV ad that features a suggestively writhing Pamela Anderson, and Juliet Huddy explained why. "This ad is for a website," she said, "but you never figured that out. They felt this is sexist and objectifies women, justifiably so. The ad has nothing to do with the product they're selling, which is this web domain. The same ad was also banned in Australia back in 2010." The Factor expressed surprise, saying, "In England they run a lot of raunchy stuff all the time, so I'm mystified."
|Gerry Martin, Rancho Cucamonga, CA: "Give me a break, O'Reilly. You say the scandals are why nothing is getting done in Washington? It has nothing to do with Republican obstructionism?"|
Gary Flotron, St. Louis, MO: "Bill, I thought the Factor was a no spin zone. How come you let Carville duck the question of whether Holder should resign?"
Ron Miller, Fresno, CA: "Finally you guys get someone on the Factor that makes sense and Bill tries to make fun of James Carville."
David Bullock, Crestview, FL: "The media has already convicted George Zimmerman. It feeds into their anti-gun mindset."
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