Senators demand that NSA fix inaccuracies in PRISM factsheet

By Jesse
Jun 26, 2013
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  1. Two U.S. senators have written to the director of the National Security Agency demanding corrections of “inaccurate” information pertaining to limitations of surveillance programs that was recently publicly published in a factsheet.

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,043   +697

    So there's even less protection for our privacy than they originally told us. But they can't tell us what they were wrong/deceiving/lying about because it's classified. So why bring it up at all? Why are two members of the intelligence committee all of a sudden trying to look like they're concerned with our privacy. (Not that they're going to do anything about it... but they want us to know they're concerned).
    I looked it up, Mark Udall's term ends in 2014, so he's up for reelection. But Wyden has two years left. Maybe he just wants to get on the side of the people and try to distance himself from this whole thing.
  3. This is nothing more than an attempt by a few senators to distance themselves from this NSA scandal. Democrats love to campaign against issues instead of actually being a leader, and solving the problem.

    I find it funny that the very people who should know everything about programs like this(US senators), are now demanding new information as if they are completely shocked its going on. Ridiculous.

    As Nancy Pelosi once said, "We must pass the bill, to see whats in it". These are the fearless leaders of America.
  4. Puiu

    Puiu TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,035   +91

    Nothing new, move along
  5. Jesse

    Jesse TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 368   +39

    If I could clarify a little... Mike, you are using the pronoun "they" indiscriminately. Udall and Wyden have been briefed on the PRISM program, and have noticed that what the NSA published publicly concerning protections for Americans' privacy is not accurate.

    Because of this discrepancy, they are demanding that the NSA clarify the information that has been released publicly.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,043   +697

    I understand the discrepancy, but if the senators say they can't tell us what's inaccurate but they demand the NSA fix the inaccuracies, does that mean they expect the NSA to admit to their mistakes and share classified information in the process?

    They can demand all they want from the NSA, but because the senators have already said it involves classified information, it sort of sounds like they are covering for the NSA ahead of time. When asked what part of the public releases were inaccurate they could have dodged the question and said the NSA knows what's inaccurate and the NSA should fix it. But instead they sort of gave the NSA an out by saying the 'inaccuracies are classified'.

    I guess we'll have to wait and see if anything comes of this instead of just speculating on their intentions.
  7. Jesse

    Jesse TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 368   +39

    Keep in mind that this was all classified three weeks ago. The Director of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, and the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, chose to declassify information to dispel misinformation in the media.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,808   +1,431

    So basically they have no choice but to retract their whole statement since it is classified. Any statement that is released whether accurate or inaccurate, will result in demand for removal. Once again they don't want us knowing the truth, because they know what it means for them personally (Oh I'm sorry I meant national security).
  9. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 429   +15

    As opposed to your government infringing on those very same rights...
  10. spencer

    spencer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 204   +22

    The house of cards is falling...slowly.


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