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Independent review board says NSA phone
data program is illegal and should end

Washington Post, by Ellen Nakashima

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Posted By:Write2Right, 1/23/2014 6:57:53 AM

An independent executive branch board has concluded that the National Security Agency’s long-running program to collect billions of Americans’ phone records is illegal and should end.In a strongly worded report to be issued Thursday, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) said that the statute upon which the program was based, Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, “does not provide an adequate basis to support this program.” The government’s massive surveillance programs were made public starting in June of 2013. They’ve been criticized as too far-reaching and defended by officials as necessary.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 1/23/2014 8:21:51 AM     (No. 9702198)

FTA:

"The government’s massive surveillance programs were made public starting in June of 2013."

Made public by Snowden, you know, the traaaaitor, the one the left wants hung in the square at high noon.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 1/23/2014 8:26:57 AM     (No. 9702205)

Give a government agency enough money and they will spend it

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 1/23/2014 8:48:50 AM     (No. 9702235)

And the left STILL attacks Richard Nixon over that stupid little Watergate mess. Letting Americans die? ´´What difference does it make?´´

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Reply 4 - Posted by: gone2pot, 1/23/2014 8:50:20 AM     (No. 9702237)

We can fix this conundrum. Take it to the Supreme Court and John Roberts along with the four other Marxist judges will, by fiat, call it legal. Problem solved!! PLUS, we´ll get George Will and the Weekly Standard geniuses to write articles about the brilliance of John´s decision. A twofer!!!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: chicodon, 1/23/2014 9:44:59 AM     (No. 9702326)

I wouldn´t trust this administration with a computerized database of the nation´s white pages. Telephone metadata is all they would need to connect "subversive" groups like the TEA Party to one another. Add to that email and texting metadata and an intricate picture could be painted. The Democrat electoral machine has been proven to be up to the task.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/23/2014 9:56:26 AM     (No. 9702341)

I have been waiting for the liberals staffing one of the many federal review boards to stand up and raise civil liberty objections to something the government is doing. I guess, up to now, they have been terrified of being called racist. May this be the crack in the dam.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ruready?, 1/23/2014 10:08:05 AM     (No. 9702357)

Just arrest Snowden. We would have never heard about this if not for him. Hey, all the talking head geniuses along with Mike Rogers (what a distasteful, slimy, self aggrandizing bigshot) and Diane Feinstien were in doubt. A first grader would know that was wrong.

Our GOP leadership and Fox talking heads who couldn´t tell the difference make me sick.

Did you notice that the NSA got caught by surprise on the planned AlQueda attack on our embassy in Tel Aviv? Israel had to bail us out. Guess Clapper was too bush monitoring Obama´s masses.

Oh, and Clapper lies to Congress and we want to nail Snowder while Clapper skates. Nice.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: DEnforcer, 1/23/2014 10:39:56 AM     (No. 9702413)

So NSA has all this data and they received a warning from Russia about two guys in Boston, but they couldn´t make any connections. Too much data is as bad as no data, since you´ll spend all your time trying to maintain it. I suppose when NSA got the warning, that phone call went into the haystack of a database, never to be seen again.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: RancherJack, 1/23/2014 11:08:55 AM     (No. 9702454)

Suckers

1. You don´t know what they´re doing NOW
2. You won´t know if they Stop or Start up again
3. You don´t KNOW anything about what´s going on inside their buildings

Have you even for a moment stopped to consider a Blown Cover is the Best Cover?

While they have you mired in the Pro-Snowden or Anti-Snowden arguments, the NSA marches on doing whatever it is they´re doing .. and we don´t figure into it at all.

Do really trust Government this much?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: odinsacolyte, 1/23/2014 11:18:20 AM     (No. 9702474)

yep

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Reply 11 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 1/23/2014 11:46:09 AM     (No. 9702516)

I read that some private corporation might be given the responsibility of archiving all these records that have been collected. Just to keep them secure?????

Why not pour gas on them and light a match? (Metaphorically speaking for those of less than average mental abilities: i.e. the majority of those squatting in DC.)

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 1/23/2014 1:01:28 PM     (No. 9702628)

#12 - I remember seeing an article that Zippy announced Panetta would be the point man deciding who would be in charge of the archive maintenance. I´ll lay 2-to-1 that it ends up being the Center for American Progress. Yak.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: MDConservative, 1/23/2014 1:17:57 PM     (No. 9702655)

#5, I wouldn´t trust ANY administration with a computerized database of the nation´s white pages. Not even George Washington.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/23/2014 7:13:30 PM     (No. 9703172)

Yes, it is illegal and should end. The government will end it because they have been caught. Will anybody in the government go to jail like we would if we did anything illegal? No.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: radrelic, 1/23/2014 8:43:37 PM     (No. 9703309)

Illegal but who enforces when the inJustice Department is the puppet of the Prez and part of th Cabal?

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