NSA Criticized by Experts Hired by US GovernmentAdded: Thursday, December 26th, 2013
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An American government review has called for the reigning in of the NSA – it was revealed that the legal and intelligence experts ordered by Obama to review NSA practices called for a sweeping overhaul of the local surveillance programs. They also called for reforms at a secret national security court and demanded to end a bulk store age of phone “metadata” by the agency.
Although the President doesn’t have to obey the report, such move will open him up to the same sorts of allegations of Constitution breach that have dogged the American government since Snowden revelations. The experts’ report called for “significant steps” to protect the privacy of non-US people and recommended better cooperation with allies in order to avoid the diplomatic fallout from revelations of American intelligence gathering.
However, the government committee report keeps silence about many apparent problems: for instance, it steered away from bans on spying on foreign leaders, only saying that such things should be approved at the highest level.
The review board pointed out that while they didn’t claim the struggle against terrorism was over, the mechanisms should be more transparent and with more independent oversight. The key recommendation was to reform the legislation which allowed the National Security Agency to hold phone records on millions of calls worldwide. It is clear to everyone that the storage by the government of bulk metadata is a potential risk to public trust, personal privacy, and civil liberty.
The experts believe that metadata should be held by private providers or another 3rd party, and the government can get access to it if “justified”. In addition, the secret court handling foreign intelligence requests are recommended to have a “public interest advocate” to let it hear more than just the government’s arguments.
The most curious part of the report was when the panel agreed with tech giants that have been seeking to release more data on the numbers of NSA and other parties’ requests they receive. Moreover, the panel recommended the government to be issuing figures of its own. That’s fair – people should know what the companies and the governments are busy with.
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Thursday, December 26th, 2013
|There should be no metadata on anyone. There should be no backgrounds on anyone. It is with fear that people are persuaded to think collecting information on people is a wonderful idea. It is a violation of your privacy and your privacy is your liberty. Privacy and liberty go hand in hand. The Fed needs to know what you and your girlfriend do just in case you might be a terrorist? The Fed needs to know if you bought a pressure cooker on Amazon just in case you might be an Islamic terrorist? They have to monitor your every phone call too make sure you aren't planning on blowing up Washington DC? Surrendering privacy for safety is about as idiotic as a people can get. It is like imagining the police can protect you if you call 9-1-1. The government cannot protect you. The NSA can only collect data and give it to whoever request it. They make portfolios with it, they own your actions with it, they rule over you with it. You won't run for Mayor, State government or Federal government without knowing they have a portfolio on you. They will own your future.|
Name one terrorist act foiled by law enforcement. There aren't any. You are eight times more likely to be killed by a cop than you are a terrorist. Obama spent 1.7 million dollars sealing up his college and medical records. How can you do that and then want a background check on someone?
|The NSA is above the courts, even if it was made illegal they could just claim it’s for national security and do it anyway. The NSA is so secret that nobody would ever find out anyway,|
You really think they need an entire new datacenter….just to store the metadata of phone calls? That’s only a few cells in a database per call. I think we can all guess that the NSA is gathering and storing a lot more than what we knw or will (Snowden) revealed.
|posted by (2013-12-27 02:57:54)|
|Actually, tommygun7, police foiled an attempted terrorist bombing at Times Square a few years ago (gasoline & propane tanks in a vehicle-bomb). I'm sure a li'l half-a$$ed research could find more recent (as opposed to ancient, like the Gunpowder Plot) examples. I don't condone any trampling of our Constitutional rights and I despise Obama but you're one of those people who take the whole thing to the fringe of hate & lunacy. Get a grip!|
|Are Americans so scared of a few people that we are ready to surrender our constitutional rights? Cowards die a thousand deaths.|
|The US real wages don't rise in line with productivity growth, which means there's a massive redistribution of wealth from the worker to the capital side.|
This is the root of all economic problems.
|posted by (2013-12-27 14:03:09)|
|To Tdatb you despise Obama without giving any reason why, and past judgement on tommygun7 for speaking the truth, if you are a republican all your recent history president on your side of the hall are criminals not to mention your do nothing congress with this crazy tea party member at 4% approval rating control by republican. I suggest you comment about the article and why Obama should not consider the reforms of the NSA, Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004, he should know better how to balance security with privacy.|
the idea of a private company or a 3rd party it's a bad one.
thanks sam for the article.
|They recommend a “public interest advocate” for the secret "court"?|
We have a “public interest advocate” andd it's called a firing squad.
Your 4th amendmendment right guarantees your right to be SECURE from unwarranted searches. Notice, it doesn't say you've a right to be "private", but rather secure; because one cannot be secure while allowing goons to search you whenever they choose. You cannot "balance" security and privacy when "privacy" is a euphimism for security. Eroding that protection only undermines and subverts our security.
Anyone advocating collecting metadata of US citizens at all ever for even a minute, is levying a cold war on the states. It is clearly defined as treason. The subversion of our (data) security is an assault. There can be no "protections" or "reforms" that legalize such treasonous acts as those perpetrated by the National Security (Subversion) Agency, it's advocates, and it's contractors.
|posted by (2013-12-30 07:41:15)|
|real sci-fi dream for who believe nsa hired 3er party...||
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