No Way Has The Spying Ended
- FACT #1 - Neither of the two terrorist attacks in Paris were discovered by the spying of any government agency in the world. The spy agencies are far more interested in spying on average citizens than terrorists. In fact, small terrorist attacks are welcome as a justification to expand the Police State.
- FACT #2 - So-called "warrants" will still be issued by the top secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. But because the court is secret no one will know what is being done.
(Washington Examiner) - The National Security Agency's bulk collection of metadata will end at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 28, marking the end of a long-running saga in the battle between privacy and security advocates.
The program's expiration was established by the USA Freedom Act passed by Congress in June. The NSA now will be required to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on a "specific selection term" identifying a person, account, address or personal device that is of interest.
Under the previous program, the NSA collected records on every call made in the United States, including the time, duration, numbers called and other personally identifying information involved with cellular data. The agency claimed authorization for the program under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, passed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but operated the program in secrecy until it was exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in 2013.
"'Metadata' means records about your private activities and associations," Snowden said on Twitter earlier this month. "It's an activity dossier. The novelty is in the lack of warrants."Read More . . . .