Categories: Government, Privacy

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  1. plz

    The program is not even fully online/operational yet. They haven’t made it far without catastrophic failure… As the saying goes, “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” you cannot judge America’s keeper before it speaks for itself.

  2. Joe C

    I think the point is that it’s morally wrong to collect the data in the first place (for later mining). It’s one thing to pursue records already in existence from various diverse sources with appropriate warrants. It’s quite another to collect everything (about someone) in anticipation that they might commit a crime.

    How would you like someone to collect ALL your garbage throughout your lifetime and keep it somewhere “just in case” you were ever suspected of a crime?

  3. Brian Too

    This report is a step in the right direction, and yet it still falls short:

    1). The meta-data program isn’t merely illegal, it is unconstitutional. This places the program in a special class of illegality;
    2). The Three Letter Agencies involved have persistently minimized their activities. Most laughably, by claiming that meta-data isn’t data. Thus ignoring the inconvenient word “data” in “meta-data”. Double plus ungood;
    3). The matter of the utility of the program is irrelevant considering it’s illegality. As though, should the program be found to have utility, we could paper over it’s illegality. It is a triumph of a vanished moral core that the question of utility even arises;
    4). Senior representatives of said Three Letter Agencies have lied to Congress. For any normal citizen this is a ticket directly to jail. The heads of the tobacco companies did this and it cost them billions. Sports stars did this and there were significant consequences. Lie as the head of the NSA? Mumble something about “mistakes were made, questions misunderstood, English isn’t my first language, etc.” and you get a guaranteed Get Out Of Jail Free card.

    Not. Even. Close.

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