Skip to comments.Backfire: Instead of whitewashing NSA surveillance, Obama’s handpicked review panel urges change
Posted on 12/19/2013 12:15:28 AM PST by ransomnote
Not the result His Majesty expected, needless to say. Remember, he chose this panel because he trusted theyd go face-first into the tank for him by rubber-stamping mass surveillance. In the end they recommended 46 changes to the program, the most prominent of which is to have telecom companies control the database of customers metadata going forward rather than let the feds hoard the info and do lord knows what with it as governments data-crunching capabilities inevitably expand. Only by getting an order from the FISA Court should the NSA be able to access the database, the panel said, and only then if its relevant to a particular terrorism investigation.
The full report is more than 300 pages long but I doubt theres a more important paragraph in it than this one. Todays magic words are not essential.
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(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...
caught robbing the bank
Thief say’s ok ok...I won’t go down that street anymore
...it’s not far from:
Cop: why did you run?
Perp: cuz you were chasing me
I heard Rush yesterday sticking up for the concept of meta data collection. Apparently, someone convinced him that’s all the NSA was collecting.
Logic indicate that when the ability to gather front-end and back-end ‘book keeping data’ exists along with over capable storage capacity that capturing ALL in a contiguous stream is far easier than piecemeal. Couple that with the fact that they have admitted in some parts that the message data were captured, but not opened (for later use if needed) and you don’t just have a harmless traffic analysis/association going on.
They would not be building a Mega Memory Death Star (MMDS) out in Utah if they had no plans to hang onto ALL electronic communications.
Forcing companies to keep records for the NSA doesn’t sound like a solution to the problem.
No, it doesn’t. The NSA and other government agencies threaten dire consequences for the private companies, regardless of their rights.
It should be noted that the report conveniently leaves out NSA snooping of our emails.