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NSA's Phone-Data Gathering Called Illegal

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May 7, 2015, 1:31 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

A federal appeals court has ruled the NSA's covert phone-spying program is against the law. The program has been in place — unbeknowst to the public — since shortly after September 2001, authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The program was revealed in detail in 2013 by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Since then the NSA and the program have come under heavy fire for sweeping up Americans' phone call data, including location and duration, in bulk. "Such expansive development of government repositories of formerly private records would be an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans," said the three-judge panel. "We would expect such a momentous decision to be preceded by substantial debate, and expressed in unmistakable language. There is no evidence of such a debate." The Patriot Act has already been extended by Presidents Bush and Obama, but is set to expire again in June. Congress is debating the need for the program, which the Justice Department says is necessary to combat terrorism despite a lack of proof that the program has prevented attacks. Republicans recently introduced new legislation meant to extend the NSA's phone-spying program until 2020.

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May 8, 2015, 4:54 AM

Oh no, thought republicans were against big government?

Yeah, only when it's convenient for them are they against it - in their favor? Forget about it, write that bitch up and declare it law of the land. States rights? Hahahahahahaha.

Oh, but the real problem is the "Libs" - keep up the charade republicans, keep it up..... 🙄
So.......your response to hypocritical behavior from republicans is to exalt that same behavior in progressives, which is the same thing, but on steroids? Really?

You sound like my communist aunt. She points out some fault in a Republican then ex...
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