FISA Court Rubberstamps Yet Another Renewal Of NSA's Collecting All Your Phone Data
from the rubber-stamp-inked-and-ready-to-go dept
It is the administration's view, consistent with the recent holdings of the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York and Southern District of California, as well as the findings of 15 judges of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on 36 separate occasions over the past seven years, that the telephony metadata collection program is lawful. The Department of Justice has filed an appeal of the lone contrary decision issued by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.The announcement also pays lip service to the White House's task force's findings that the program required significant changes claiming that the intelligence community is "open to modifications to this program." Yeah, right. We'll see just how open they are when the changes are actually proposed.
Nevertheless, the Intelligence Community continues to be open to modifications to this program that would provide additional privacy and civil liberty protections while still maintaining its operational benefits.Um, what operational benefits? The task force, multiple Senators, a federal judge and a variety of others have also noted that there are no benefits to the program. None have been shown.
Either way this is just more fluff from the intelligence community. They'll throw some bones to people, pretending to agree to meaningless modifications while fighting hard against any real change to the program. And pay attention, because you can bet that within any change they'll sneak in some other change that undermines it all anyway.