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Old May 4th, 2017, 11:59 AM   #1
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Angry NSA collected Americans' phone records despite law change: report

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The U.S. National Security Agency collected more than 151 million records of Americans' phone calls last year, even after Congress limited its ability to collect bulk phone records, according to an annual report issued on Tuesday by the top U.S. intelligence officer.

The report from the office of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was the first measure of the effects of the 2015 USA Freedom Act, which limited the NSA to collecting phone records and contacts of people U.S. and allied intelligence agencies suspect may have ties to terrorism.

It found that the NSA collected the 151 million records even though it had warrants from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court to spy on only 42 terrorism suspects in 2016, in addition to a handful identified the previous year.

The NSA has been gathering a vast quantity of telephone "metadata," records of callers' and recipients' phone numbers and the times and durations of the calls - but not their content - since the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The report came as Congress faced a decision on whether to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which permits the NSA to collect foreign intelligence information on non-U.S. persons outside the United States, and is scheduled to expire at the end of this year.

Privacy advocates have argued that Section 702 permits the NSA to spy on Internet and telephone communications of Americans without warrants from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and that foreign intelligence could be used for domestic law enforcement purposes in a way that evades traditional legal requirements.

The report said that on one occasion in 2016, the FBI obtained information about an American in response to a search of Section 702 data intended to produce evidence of a crime not related to foreign intelligence.

The report did not address how frequently the FBI obtained information about Americans while investigating a foreign intelligence matter, however.

On Friday, the NSA said it had stopped a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect the digital communications of Americans who mentioned a foreign intelligence target in their messages without a warrant.
NSA collected Americans' phone records despite law change: report | Reuters


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Or is the government's real "lesson learned" that they are going to get better at hiding this type of crap...
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Any bets regarding consequences on this?
Or is the government's real "lesson learned" that they are going to get better at hiding this type of crap...
Guess we know where Obama got Trump's phone calls now.

Thank you for ending this President Trump.
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Guess we know where Obama got Trump's phone calls now.
You're seriously going to repeat that dumb lie too?



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Thank you for ending this President Trump.
You can thank him IF he actually ends it.
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When they passed the Patriot Act HOW MANY times did we hear, if you're not a terrorist, you have nothing to fear .............................. ?
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When they passed the Patriot Act HOW MANY times did we hear, if you're not a terrorist, you have nothing to fear .............................. ?
People still to this day repeat that catch phrase, on this very board.
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Old May 5th, 2017, 08:45 AM   #7
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People still to this day repeat that catch phrase, on this very board.
And the ULTIMATE irony is, the very people who use that phrase, are the same people who have for years complained long and loud about the evil over reaching federal government.
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Collecting records of the citizens is important. This will be a valuable tool to be used by the state
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