Independent watchdog says NSA program is illegal and should end

By Himanshu Arora ยท 6 replies
Jan 23, 2014
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  1. Less than a week after President Barack Obama announced plans to overhaul controversial NSA phone data collection program, an independent review board has questioned the program's legality. According to a Washington Post report, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board,...

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  2. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    Their going to do it anyways, and nothing short of a government reform/uprising will change that.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Coupla things... 1) this is why the NSA has said they only collect what's called 'envelope data' (meta data) meaning data like From, To, etc... stuff you would find on the outside of an envelope. Whether this is all they collect we'll probably never know, but apparently this Civil Liberties Board thinks they're doing more.

    2) Calling something illegal doesn't do jack if you you're not a judge. They'd have to sue the govt and let a judge decide. Just like what happened with Obamacare. People said it was illegal for the govt to force you to buy something (healthcare) because it is. But the supreme court ruled that they're not forcing you to buy health insurance, it's just a tax. So by calling the requirement to buy insurance a tax, they're not forcing you to buy anything. Point being... it's not an easy thing to get something 'illegal' outlawed. :)
    davislane1 likes this.
  4. Considering whose running the Justice Department, this isn't going anywhere. :(
    cartera likes this.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,730   +3,703

    Not when they are standing behind it, as if it is legal.
  6. If you are not doing anything wrong, or
    If you are a Communist, or
    If you are a Fascist, or
    If you are an Usefull *****
    dont worry about it.
  7. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    And then the new government/ regime will do it anyway.

    And you Sir hit the nail on the head...

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