Congressman: “You can’t have your privacy violated if you don’t know your privacy is violated”

congressman videoThis bombshell was dropped by Republican Congressman and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers at a recent NSA hearing while interrogating American University College of Law professor Stephen Vladeck over his concerns about NSA surveillance programs.

The already infamous quote was uttered by Congressman Rogers during an exchange between the two men. The Congressman started the ball rolling with:

Maybe the fact that we haven’t had any complaints come forward with any specificity arguing that their privacy has been violated clearly indicates, in ten years, clearly indicates that something must be doing right––somebody must be doing something exactly right.

To which Professor Vladeck rightly replied:

But who would be complaining?

Then came Congressman Rogers’ astounding response:

Somebody whose privacy was violated. You can’t have your privacy violated if you don’t know your privacy is violated, right?

The mind boggles! I’ll wager the Congressman is now wishing that time travel was a reality.

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7 thoughts on “Congressman: “You can’t have your privacy violated if you don’t know your privacy is violated””

  1. He sure is a no-brainer Jim. I heard a similar dumb comment from one of our own ‘no-brains, now defunct’ pollies’, stating that the new NBN system was too fast for most users, but one of the positive aspects is that the Internet is quicker to load than dial-up.


  2. And I thought we had cornered the market in idiotic politicians here in the UK!!!

    1. What the Congressman is basically saying is… it’s quite okay to violate people’s privacy provided they don’t know about it.

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