@VilleThompson What do you think about Obamas whistleblowing protection act? #AskSnowden
One of the things that has not been widely reported by journalists is that whistleblower protection laws in the US do not protect contractors in the national security arena. There are so many holes in the laws, the protections they afford are so weak, and the processes for reporting they provide are so ineffective that they appear to be intended to discourage reporting of even the clearest wrongdoing. If I had revealed what I knew about these unconstitutional but classified programs to Congress, they could have charged me with a felony. One only need to look at the case of Thomas Drake to see how the government doesnt have a good history of handling legitimate reports of wrongdoing within the system.
@auerfeld #AskSnowden do you think its a shame that #Obama gave his #NSA speech before his Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board reported?
The timing of his speech seems particularly interesting, given that it was accompanied by so many claims that these programs have not been abused.
Even if we accept the NSAs incredibly narrow definition of abuse, which is someone actually broke the rules so badly we had to investigate them for it, weve seen more instances of identified, intentional abuse than we have seen instances where this unconstitutional mass phone surveillance stopped any kind of terrorist plot at all even something less than an attack.
To back that up with the governments own numbers, according to the NSA Inspector General, weve seen at least 12 specific, intentional cases of abuse by the NSA.
In contrast, the federal governments independent PCLOB report on the NSAs mass phone surveillance today (which stated the NSA has spied on at least 120,000,000 American phones under this program) said this:
We are aware of no instance in which the program directly contributed to the discovery of a previously unknown terrorist plot or the disruption of a terrorist attack.
At the press conference, Judge Wald stated this program, which has been operated in secret for years, has no basis in law. The panel determined this kind of mass surveillance is illegal and should be ended.
When even the federal government says the NSA violated the constitution at least 120 million times under a single program, but failed to discover even a single plot, its time to end bulk collection, which is a euphemism for mass surveillance. There is simply no justification for continuing an unconstitutional policy with a 0% success rate.
In light of another independent confirmation of this fact, I think Americans should look to the White House and Congress to close the book entirely on the 215 BR provision.