This is more of the worrisome stuff we’ve been talking about.


The Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) won the release of a trove of important documents detailing the National Security Agency’s (NSA) phone log record program this week. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence was compelled to release hundreds of pages of documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. The disclosed documents demonstrate “that the NSA had been misusing its phone records surveillance program for years,” to the point that it was rebuked by the Federal Intelligence Security Court (FISA), responsible for assuring the legality of NSA’s programs. FISA chastised the NSA for “violating its own procedures and misleading the nation’s intelligence court about how it used the telephone call logs it gathers in the hunt for terrorists.”

Despite the reprimand, in 2011 the Obama administration won permission from the FISA court to allow the NSA to “search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases.” The…

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