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"Overall, the board finds that the protections contained in the Section 702 minimization procedures are reasonably designed and implemented to ward against the exploitation of information acquired under the program for illegitimate purposes," said the report. "The board has seen no trace of any such illegitimate activity associated with the program."
That said, the board noted that the rules "potentially allow a great deal of private information about U.S. persons to be acquired by the government."
The board was troubled by the "unknown and potentially large scope of the incidental collection of U.S. persons' communications," and collection of communications about a target, such as a foreign terrorist organization, that could capture two innocent Americans discussing the organization.
The report proposals some rule-tightening. For example, the board recommends that NSA and CIA analysts query Section 702 data using the names or email addresses of Americans "only if the query is based upon a statement of facts showing that it is reasonably likely to return foreign intelligence information."
Section 702 has its roots in the Terrorist Surveillance Program, a collection program President George W. Bush ordered after the 9/11 attacks without seeking a change in the law. After administration lawyers deemed aspects of it illegal, and after so-called warrantless wiretapping was disclosed in news reports, Congress essentially legalized the program in 2008.
Obama, then a senator running for president, voted in favor of the bill.
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Posted: 2014-07-07 @ 3:00pm PT
I am so happy somebody is telling me it is ok to spy on all of us. This is supposed to be the land of the free, not the land of the NSA. this is out of control, we either stop it now or its over. I us the non tracking leave me alone search engine http://LookSeek.com a non tracking search engine good for everybody who is making a stance
Posted: 2014-07-06 @ 4:52pm PT
Take a glance as some of the epic NSA failures...
1. 9/11, all four instances, even though the NSA was tracking seven of the terrorists for over two years. Read The Shadow Factory for more on that one.
2. Boston, two brothers force a large city into martial law
3. Times Square, only caught by a curious passerby.
4. The shoe bomber, only stopped by other passengers.
5. The fall of Iraq; what America could not do since 1990, was accomplished by a relatively small (and unknown group) within days.
6. The first WTC incident.
...Have about sixty more on that list
Posted: 2014-07-06 @ 12:37pm PT
keep up the good work on terrorist surv programs
must keep watch on these terror groups.