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Phone companies remain silent
over legality of NSA data collection

Guardian [UK], by Ed Pilkington

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 9/18/2013 5:29:20 PM

New York - America´s top telecommunications companies are refusing to say whether they accept that the bulk collection of their customers´ phone records by the National Security Agency is lawful. The phone companies are continuing to guard their silence over the controversial gathering of metadata by the NSA, despite the increasingly open approach by those at the center of the bulk surveillance programme. On Tuesday the secretive foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court declassified its legal reasoning for approving the NSA telephone metadata program periodically over the past six years.

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But...have they stopped spying on US? Unless Congress openly changes the laws for NSA data gathering, it is still illegal to do. And, that isn´t going to happen any time "soon or ever."

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: wtm, 9/18/2013 8:46:16 PM     (No. 9526816)

Under the "Law" of NSA collecting this data, the Phone Companies have a GAG order on them. They CAN´T legally tell anyone what it going on....

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