US Court of Appeals rules NSA bulk phone metadata collection illegal
From Electronic Products
“At the same time, new legislation seeks to reengineer and reintroduce the expiring provision under the guise that surveillance should continue for the good of national security sans the bulk data collection enabled by Section 215. The proposal will still permit the collection of metadata from every call made by anyone in the US, but it will now be stored by the phone companies themselves, and only be made available to the government if issued a warrant by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court.”
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Published: 16 March, 2012, 20:45
Edited: 17 March, 2012, 02:00
Horrified with the way the US government uses the Patriot Act against its own people, two senators have been trying to make these practices public for years. Tired of being ignored, they’re now taking their fight against secret programs to public.
Two US senators wrote the attorney general of the United States this week, urging the federal government to give the American public evidence explaining how the Patriot Act has been interpreted since signed into law in 2001.
In a joint letter to Attorney General Eric Holder sent Thursday, Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado) plead with the government to provide the American people with the facts behind what the Patriot Act can let America’s top investigators do. The lawmakers, who have rallied for disclosure of these details for more than two years, say citizens would be “stunned” to learn what the government believes it can get away with under the law.
The controversial USA Patriot Act was hastily signed into legislation after the September 11 al-Qaeda attacks under the guise of a being a necessity for preventing future terrorist efforts, but for over a decade since the law has become notorious for its ability to stick federal eyes into seemingly every aspect of the American public in the name of counterterrorism. Although the government has gone on the record to downplay the constitutionally-damning powers they are granted under the law, Senators Wyden and Udall say it is time that the feds fulfill the demands of millions of concerned Americans and discuss in detail what they can do under the act — and what they’ve already done. . . Read Complete Report