@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.
@MichaelHargrov1 #AskSnowden Was the privacy of your co-workers considered while you were stealing their log-in and password information?
With all due respect to Mark Hosenball, the Reuters report that put this out there was simply wrong. I never stole any passwords, nor did I trick an army of co-workers.