August 01, 2013
Collecting All Our Metadata Hasn’t Kept Us Safer

A single sentence that says it all:

While NSA officials have routinely described the bulk phone records collection of Americans’ phone records as vital to preventing terrorist attacks, the NSA’s deputy director, John Inglis, conceded that it was crucial to stopping a terrorist plot in at most one case during its seven years of existence.

The claim that collecting all the metadata generated by Americans communicating with each other and other countries is keeping us safe turns out to be hollow. Which makes it hard to credit the claim from the same sources that this sort of bulk collection was abandoned. In fact it’s hard to credit anything that comes from the Obama administration on this issue. The principals appear to be scrambling to protect themselves, probably because they don’t believe in the legality of what they’re doing.

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Posted by Chuck Dupree at August 01, 2013 08:00 PM
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What I don't hear enough people talking about is that Edward Snowden was not even a government employee. He was an employee of one of the unnumbered private corporations that the government hires to gather all this information on us. It's not just the government spying on us, it's private companies that have ZERO accountability to voters. How does THAT make us safer?

Posted by: Heather on August 6, 2013 12:53 AM

What I don't hear enough people talking about is that Edward Snowden was not even a government employee. He was an employee of one of the unnumbered private corporations that the government hires to gather all this information on us. It's not just the government spying on us, it's private companies that have ZERO accountability to voters. How does THAT make us safer?

Posted by: Heather on August 6, 2013 12:53 AM

My bad. I hit the button twice. :(

Posted by: Heather on August 6, 2013 12:55 AM
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