News With court approval, NSA resumes bulk collection of phone data

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    A U.S. court has ruled that the eavesdropping National Security Agency can temporarily resume its bulk collection of Americans' telephone records, according to documents made public on Tuesday.

    The controversial program, exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, was rocked in May by an appeals court ruling that the USA Patriot Act had never authorized the NSA to collect Americans' phone records in bulk.

    A new law, called the Freedom Act, which substantially reformed and narrowed the bulk phone data program, was signed by U.S. President Barack Obama a day after the existing program lapsed on June 1.

    The Freedom Act also allowed the existing surveillance program to continue for a six-month transition period, but it remained in legal limbo pending Monday's ruling by a judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

    "In passing the USA Freedom Act, Congress clearly intended to end bulk data collection ... But what it took away with one hand, it gave back - for a limited time - with another," wrote Michael Mosman, a judge on the surveillance court.

    In his ruling, first reported by the New York Times, Mosman rejected the May ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan that the Patriot Act had never authorized the NSA to collect Americans' phone records in bulk.

    "Second Circuit rulings are not binding on the F.I.S.C. and this court respectfully disagrees with that court’s analysis, especially in view of the intervening enactment of the U.S.A. Freedom Act," he wrote.

    The U.S. Justice Department welcomed the decision.

    "We agree with the Court’s conclusion that the program is lawful, and that in passing the USA Freedom Act, Congress provided for a 180 day transition period for the government to continue the existing collection program until the new mechanism of obtaining call detail records is implemented," said Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle.

    The NSA program collects and analyzes data about Americans' phone calls, such as the number dialed, and the time and length of the call, but not the calls' actual content.

    The Freedom Act requires companies such as Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) and AT&T Inc (T.N), to collect and store telephone records the same way that they do now for billing purposes.

    But instead of routinely feeding U.S. intelligence agencies such data, the companies will be required to turn it over only in response to a government request approved by the FISC.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/30/us-usa-security-nsa-idUSKCN0PA2G220150630
     
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    Big Fucking Surprise this was barely in the news but gay marriage and a flag was 24/7
     
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    good thing no one ever calls me :ucoffee:
     
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    Were you not entertained by the ministry of love's orgy-porgy centrifugal bummble-puppy? How dare you!
     
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    Like they ever stopped.:happyno:
     
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    Right. Who oversees the NSA? They operate with a huge budget and don't have to account for squat.
     
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    The NSA program collects and analyzes data about Americans' phone calls, such as the number dialed, and the time and length of the call, but not the calls' actual content.

    :cwl:
    Don't kid yourself...and by the way...I apologize...i designed in the GPS that tracks you guys on your cell phone from cell phone towers...yes the NSA has that too. :oops:
     
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    The real pisser is that the new USA freedom act requires the telecom companies to store data and to make it available to the government. The telecoms have complete legal indemnification. We were allowed to think that we had "won" with the Patriot Act, but simply got outmaneuvered. Now the government has essentially outsourced the snooping.
     
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    I talked to my step mom on the phone about her re-wallpapering vs painting her house for about 45 minutes yesterday :loco:
     
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    But was it Patriotic Wallpaper, AlisonB??? You've may have been marked as a potential Communist...:eek:
     
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    I feel bad for any Gov't employee who listens to my calls. "You want color for the cabinet? I dont think that would look good.....okay, maybe you're right...What about the paint for the walls?" Just tedious crap these days.
     
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    Why don't they just stick a recorder up everyones ass while they're sleeping.

    Better yet, just lowjack the entire freaking world.
     
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    I hope you were pro-paint... wallpaper is the worst :eek:
     
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    Would it help if I was wearing my Wonder Woman Underoos during the call?
     
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    I was. I'm dragging her kicking and screaming into the 21st century. My brother and I forced an iPad on her last year and finally taught her to email the grandkids :facepalm:
     
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    What's crazy is wallpaper is making a comeback when I watch HGTV, DIY, etc.
    I rather get a blowjob from a porcupine than try to put up wallpaper.
     
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    Did she have stripes and flowers on the wallpaper?
     
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    I get calls, but I never answer or return them. :yes: