Less than 48 hours ago Rand Paul and those of us who treasure privacy and the 4th Amendment were pleased that the NSA’s phone surveillance program was diminished. Not ended, it’s just a little more difficult for the government to get your phone records. A little.
If you hauled out champagne and it’s still drinkable, you can put the cork back in it and toss it in the fridge. You won’t be needing it for a while. Probably a long while.
Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic …
The pretext is that they’re “searching for hackers.” They want to make the internet safe for all Americans. And, by the way, you can keep your doctor.
In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad …
That would be Eric Holder’s Department of “Justice.” Feeling better now?
Government officials defended the N.S.A.’s monitoring … as necessary to shield Americans from the increasingly aggressive activities of foreign governments. […]
Jonathan Mayer, a cybersecurity scholar at Stanford Law School who has researched privacy issues and who reviewed several of the documents, [said] “That’s a major policy decision about how to structure cybersecurity in the U.S. and not a conversation that has been had in public.”
You’ll be shocked to discover that the agency has no clear standards for selecting targets. They can can gather significant volumes of Americans’ information, like private emails – with the exception of Hillary’s – through their internet surveillance.
The Obama administration takes every opportunity to expand the reach of the federal government into the realm of individual privacy and individual rights. Do you really think for one second that they’re doing it to “shield Americans from the increasingly aggressive activities of foreign governments”?
We think we’ve got more to worry about from our own government.