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No Surprise Here: NSA Abused Surveillance Powers

from the but-of-course-they-did dept

This will comes as little surprise to most people, but it turns out that the NSA has been abusing its surveillance powers, collecting significantly more information than they are allowed to by Congress. Of course, we got a hint of this last year when an NSA whistleblower revealed how the NSA regularly tracked information it wasn't supposed to be tracking. And, of course, we've yet to see a secretive gov't program yet that hasn't been abused in some way. National Security Letters? FBI abused it. Warrantless wiretapping? Abused. So we should certainly be questioning why the administration is claiming that there shouldn't be oversight over any such programs, when history has shown that they have been, and will continue to be, abused.

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  1. identicon
    weneedhelp, 16 Apr 2009 @ 7:58am

    Re: Is it really a big deal

    "Unless you have some reason to be tapped, no one is going to waste the time and money it would cost to do so"

    What is happening is computers go over ALL conversations, pick out keywords, and flags them for review.
    Call someone and say nothing but anthrax, explosives, etc, etc.

    "They can't take action against a suspect without following due process"
    With the above mentioned, you can be deemed a terrorist, or enemy combatant, shipped off to one of our gulags, and it would be all legal. There's your due process.

    "bad pr" Dont kid yourself. You would be taken away and no one but your family would know, and no one would listen.

    Suck it up? - what a fool.

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