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NSA Given Permission to Spy On Calls Again

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Jul 1, 2015, 7:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court this week gave the NSA permission to resume spying on Americans' phone calls for a period of 180 days. In June, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act, which put an end to the bulk phone data collection. However, there was a provision in the act that allowed the program to be extended for a period of six months to give the government time to transition to another method of spying. In May, an appellate court ruled the NSA bulk phone data collection program was illegal. FISA said, "Congress deliberately carved out a 180-day period following the date of enactment in which such collection was specially authorized. For this reason, the Court approves the application in this case." In other words, the NSA is once again allowed to vacuum up the call data of every American.

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Jul 2, 2015, 2:22 PM

YAY for Big Brother

He's watching over us and protecting us from ourselves. YAYYYYY!!!!

Jul 1, 2015, 11:26 AM

Here we go

This is why we can't have nice things, Congress continually trying to make it easy to spy on US citizens. "Freedom" act my rumpus.
Congress gave that 180 day window because they thought they'd be able to take another shot at the legislation to make it all legal again. We all know Congress can't find its way to the restroom and back in 180 days. However, do not discount the possib...
I do believe we should have a right to privacy, however, I have yet to see any good arguments for it.
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