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(CBS News)   Good: Obama wants the NSA to stop keeping records on Americans' calls. Bad: wants telecoms to keep them instead   (cbsnews.com) divider line 5
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2014-03-25 08:25:17 AM  
2 votes:
God bless Edward Snowden and his heroic actions! Without him telling us about this program we would have never slightly changed the chain of custody for information and all it cost was the operational blueprints for our spy programs on Russia! That's okay, because it's not like that country is invading neighboring nations like the Nazis did in the 30's.
2014-03-25 07:40:14 AM  
2 votes:
The telecoms *already* have them
2014-03-25 09:49:12 AM  
1 votes:

wesmon: This certainly doesn't address all of the overreach by the NSA but it is a strong first step and I give Obama credit for caving on this.

Now he can drop the charges against Snowden since he is vindicating the guy with this.


There is one issue it might help resolve.  Wiretapping to spot illegal activity is one thing but retention of records by a Government organization would allow you to identify the person first, and then go back decades looking for dirt.

Speak out against the Government and they can go back through your entire history looking for dirt.  That, at least, should be taken off the table but that is just a start.

No one in the Governemnt should be able to wiretape or collect meta-data without a specific and limited court ordered warrant.  In fairness, Obama did not campaign on this issue but I hope it becomes a campaign issue which is debated going forward.
2014-03-25 08:45:06 AM  
1 votes:
It's a good start but the amount of heel-dragging that it took to get here is appalling, never-mind that even this hasn't actually been done yet.
2014-03-25 07:44:11 AM  
1 votes:
Good: Obama wants the NSA to stop keeping records on Americans' calls.  The norm: Telecoms will run as they always have, keeping records up to 18 months.
 
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