White House oversight board: NSA “program must be ended.”

This is a truly astounding abuse of U.S. citizens (and European citizens) by their government.  Where is the action from Congress to stop it?   “…White House’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, determined that the [NSA] mass surveillance program investigated was not only ineffective–they found it had never stopped even a single imminent terrorist attack–but that it had no basis in law. Specifically, the board concluded, “we have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation.” And in the conclusion (page 102) of this White House oversight board’s report “The NSA’s bulk records program was initiated more than 4 years before the government sought authorization for it under Section 215 of the Patriot Act…. Because Section 215 does not provide a sound legal basis for the NSA’s bulk telephone records program, we believe the program MUST BE ENDED.” (Capitalization for emphasis is mine.)

Edward Snowden revealed to an EU parliament committee that spy agencies of European countries were complicit in spying on each other’s citizens and changing laws to make spying easier.  “Snowden’s testimony also ranged over disclosures to come, and the complicity of European spy agencies in snooping on each other’s citizens—and then sharing the data with the NSA, which gets the full package. Countries even modify their privacy laws to make the NSA’s job (and that of their own agencies) easier.”  http://reason.com/blog/2014/03/10/edward-snowden-nsa-too-busy-spying-on-am

Here is the report by the White House’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board PCLOB-Report-on-the-NSA Telephone-Records-Program

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One Response to White House oversight board: NSA “program must be ended.”

  1. budbromley says:

    Snowden: Surveillance is ‘setting fire’ to the internet. “He also criticised the NSA’s mass data collection system as being ineffective and a waste of resources. Instead, he said, the agency should be focusing on the type of people who present a threat. He cited Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan as individuals the government might have been able to catch if they had directed resources in the right areas. “We spent all this money, we spent all this time hacking into Google’s and Facebook’s back end to look at their databases,” he said. “What did we get out of that? We got nothing.” http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-26519307

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