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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Obama's NSA wants to keep phone records even longer

The March to a Police State
  • The rank and file GOP and Democrat political hacks are silent as the Bill of Rights is being raped daily on live TV.
  • True Conservatives please note that it is the so-called "evil" ACLU that is fighting in court to protect the 4th Amendment while the "small government" Republican Party votes with Democrats to fund, grow and protect a centralized 1984 Police Surveillance State.

The Hill reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) wants to extend the amount of time that it can hold on to people’s phone records.

In a court filing on Wednesday, the Justice Department said the spy agency needs to keep the metadata beyond its current five-year limit to deal with a handful of lawsuits challenging the legality of its controversial surveillance program.

Destroying the data after five years “could be inconsistent with the Government’s preservation obligations in connection with civil litigation pending against it,” the department said in a filing with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which is responsible for reauthorizing the NSA program.

It asked the court for the ability to keep the data “for non-analytic purposes” until the cases from the ACLU, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and others were resolved.

Because of those lawsuits, “the United States must ensure that all potentially relevant evidence is retained,” the agency said. That includes the metadata about people’s phone calls, which includes the numbers they dial and the length and frequency of their calls, but not the content of the conversations.

The ACLU on Wednesday rejected the NSA’s attempt to keep the records for longer.

“This is just a distraction,” the group’s deputy legal director, Jameel Jaffer, said in a statement. “We don’t have any objection to the government deleting these records. While they’re at it, they should delete the whole database.”

Read more at: The Hill.com

U.S. Military Trains for War on 2nd Amendment

“It is the height of naivete to think that once collected this information won’t be used.  This is the nature of secret government organizations. The only way to protect the people’s privacy is not to allow the government to collect their information in the first place.”
Even Schmidt
Former Commander, East German Stasi
Communist Secret Police

"We Germans have had to experience the
abuse of state power with secret services
twice in our history."

Joachim Gauck

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