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Watchdog Report Says N.S.A. Program Is Illegal and Should End

Posted on January 23rd, 2014 at 13:30 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment

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An independent federal privacy watchdog has concluded that the National Security Agency’s program to collect bulk phone call records has provided only “minimal” benefits in counterterrorism efforts, is illegal and should be shut down.

The findings are laid out in a 238-page report, scheduled for release by Thursday and obtained by The New York Times, that represent the first major public statement by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which Congress made an independent agency in 2007 and only recently became fully operational.

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The program “lacks a viable legal foundation under Section 215, implicates constitutional concerns under the First and Fourth Amendments, raises serious threats to privacy and civil liberties as a policy matter, and has shown only limited value,” the report said. “As a result, the board recommends that the government end the program.”

  1. Sure, it makes sense but it is impossible. The problem is that if you do this, and then something horrible happens, you’re political dogmeat, if not actual dogmeat.

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