Fiery Napolitano, Shep Rail Against NSA Spying: 'Slippery Slope Is Covered in Grease'
According to a report by a British newspaper, the Obama administration has been collecting the phone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order. While administration officials didn’t directly acknowledge the order, they did say that they are not listening in on conversations.
Judge Andrew Napolitano called the situation “a fishing expedition on the grandest scale we’ve ever seen in American history.” The government is looking for a select group of people, and instead of obeying the Constitution and simply getting a search warrant for their phones, the judge says, “They got a search warrant for a 113 million phones!”
“Who would trust them after this? The Constitution doesn’t trust them!” Napolitano told Shepard Smith.
The clearly impassioned judge shouted, “This is just a shortcut to make it easier for America’s spies to spy on Americans. Shep, they spied on the West Wing, they spied on the Pentagon, they spied on the Supreme Court, they spied on the CIA! This is spies spying on spies. This is the most extraordinarily broad search warrant ever issued in the history of the federal courts of the United States!”
The two discussed the widespread implications to privacy in America, with Shep concluding the segment by saying, “The slippery slope is covered in grease.”