White House Rejects Gov’t Report that NSA Bulk Data Grab Is Illegal and Useless

Friday, January 24, 2014
By Paul Martin

Melissa Melton
Activist Post.com
Friday, January 24, 2014

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) has released a scathing report listing off the various ways that the National Security Administration’s metadata sweeps are illegal.

Based on the information provided to the board, including classified briefings and documentation, we have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation,” said the report from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
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“Beyond such individual privacy intrusions,” wrote the majority, “permitting the government to routinely collect the calling records of the entire nation fundamentally shifts the balance of power between the state and its citizens. With its powers of compulsion and criminal prosecution, the government poses unique threats to privacy when it collects data on its own citizens. (source)

The PCLOB site describes the board as “an independent, bipartisan agency within the executive branch established by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, Pub. L. 110-53, signed into law in August 2007.”

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