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FBI director: ‘Americans should be deeply skeptical of government power’

Don’t trust anyone. Especially the US Government That’s the sentiment being made by the Director of the FBI. The significance of such a declaration cannot be underscored enough.

“I believe that Americans should be deeply skeptical of government power — you cannot trust people in power,’’FBI Director James Comey said on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

Comey goes on to explain that the Founders saw the wisdom in this truth before they separated powers in the Constitution. However, he was quick to maintain that his agency isn’t participating in any illegal surveillance.

“We don’t do electronic surveillance without a court order,” he said. “We cannot read your e-mails or listen to your calls without going to a federal judge, making a showing of probable cause.”

He also expressed his anger at companies like Apple and Google who have developed technologies designed to prevent the government from spying on you, reports the NY Post.

“The notion that we would market devices that would allow someone to place themselves beyond the law troubles me a lot,’’ Comey said. “My sense is that we’ve gone too far when we’ve gone there.”

It will be interesting to see what, if any, response to this statement will come from the White House.

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Carmine Sabia

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