Bill ending NSA bulk data collection clears U.S. House

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Burns0011 wrote:

‘If the NSA can convince the FISA court there is a reasonable suspicion…’ translates to:

NSA: “I think he might know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who might be a terrorist.”
FISA judges: “Granted. Go spy on him and everyone in the chain and everyone connected to them in the chain and everyone connected to everyone connected to everyone connected. Oh eff it, just spy on everyone, we’ll just keep ignoring the Constitution.”

May 22, 2014 12:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mynrkt wrote:

Two things.

1. Reasonable suspicion is a recognized legal standard. It is the easiest to meet out of pretty much all the legal thresholds out there. Not meeting it can often be as difficult as meeting it is. Basically, this bill is just to look good for the American people.

2. The Constitution does not guarantee you a right to privacy. The Supreme Court interpreted the 14th Amendment to provide a right to privacy, citing subtext as their justification. The US Constitution is actually very vague and not well defined in terms of guaranteed rights and privileges, so the large majority of what we consider to be inalienable rights were actually bestowed by generous Supreme Court justices. They can be taken away just as easily.

May 22, 2014 12:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SaveRMiddle wrote:

And….not much mention of tracking American citizen’s internet activity


May 22, 2014 1:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bugzy wrote:

Haha…….the joke is on you NSA & WH. It’s not that easy to paper over deep cracks. A real budget reduction in the spying section is needed. Americans need more infrastructures built, tax cuts and less spying. A simple “sorry” to all the countries that the USA has invaded is enough to change everything. USA needs to eat the “humble pie”, focus on building real economy that does not depend on debt.

May 22, 2014 1:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Eideard wrote:

A crap bill useful only as window dressing for the NSA.

May 22, 2014 3:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JoeSchmoe123 wrote:

Politicians being sleazeballs, and the NSA having the goods on them… uhm…

May 22, 2014 4:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Laster wrote:

So we’ve effectively added satellite parking for American’s private data and nothing else.

May 22, 2014 9:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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