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Post  Anti Federalist on Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:18 pm

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

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/independent-review-board-says-nsa-phone-data-program-is-illegal-and-should-end/2014/01/22/4cebd470-83dd-11e3-bbe5-6a2a3141e3a9_story.html

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.”

Panel says Section 215 of Patriot Act “does not provide adequate basis to support this program.”

The board’s conclusion goes further than President Obama, who said in a speech Friday that he thought the NSA’s database of records should be moved out of government hands but did not call for an outright halt to the program. The board had shared its conclusions with Obama in the days leading up to his speech.

The divided panel also concluded that the program raises serious threats to civil liberties, has shown limited value in countering terrorism and is not sustainable from a policy perspective.

“We have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the telephone records program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post. “Moreover, we are aware of no instance in which the program directly contributed to the discovery of a previously unknown terrorist plot or the disruption of a terrorist attack.”
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Post  WHL on Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:21 pm

But will they listen????? to the review board that is.  Smile 
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Post  Anti Federalist on Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:38 pm

WHL wrote:But will they listen????? to the review board that is.   Smile 

Of course they won't.

NSA was told to shut this down years ago, when it was floated as Total Information Awareness.

They just ignored it and kept right on going.

Congress and the President don't run anything.
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