Obama to allow NSA to share contents of intercepted phone calls and emails with other intelligence agencies

Saturday, February 27, 2016
By Paul Martin

Under current rules the NSA must screen messages and remove the personal information on innocent Americans before sharing it
The proposed regulation changes would allow agencies such as the CIA and FBI to access unedited emails and phone calls gathered by the NSA
Civil liberties advocates criticized the relaxed regulations

By ANTON NILSSON
DAILYMAIL.COM
27 February 2016

The Obama administration is planning to allow the National Security Agency to share more of the raw information it acquires through wiretapping with other intelligence agencies.

The rule change, which would allow intelligence agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Central Intelligence Agency to access the unedited contents of phone calls and emails without having the information filtered by the NSA, was first reported by the New York Times Friday.

Currently, the NSA filters the information it gathers, removing the names and nonessential information about American citizens, and only makes parts of it available to other agencies.

Under the new system, intelligence agencies would be allowed access to phone calls and emails and then mask personal information themselves, Robert S. Litt, general counsel at the office of the Director of National Intelligence, told the Times.

The information affected by the proposed new regulations would include communications between non-citizens of the United States that pass network switches in the country, satellite transmissions, and messages gathered abroad.

The NSA says its focus is solely on foreign targets, but classified documents leaked in 2013 by Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the agency, revealed it has collected the metadata of calls made by millions of Americans as well as tapped into wires leading to Google and Yahoo data centers.

Civil liberties advocates criticized the proposed regulation changes.

‘Before we allow them to spread that information further in the government, we need to have a serious conversation about how to protect Americans’ information,’ Alexander Abdo, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Times.

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