|This guy is General Keith Alexander,|
US National Security Agency Director
and Commander of the United
States Cyber Command.
Photo: From Yahoo News.
Under the proposal, once the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approves gathering records associated with a phone number, phone companies could be required to turn over data associated with that number on an "ongoing and prospective" basis, a senior administration official said on a conference call.
White House unveils plan to end NSA's bulk collection of phone data. But it would also allow the government to seek the data without a court order in a national security emergency.
Under the plan, phone companies would have to provide data from their records quickly and in a usable format when requested by the government, a senior administration official told reporters on condition of anonymity to Reuters.
I do not understand: "without a court order in a national security emergency" or that ",, requested by the government"?
I mean, there's still something that works contrary to this country's own Constitution, and is also is contrary to the rule of law?
The U.S. government began collecting so-called metadata shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, under the part of the Patriot Act, fucking known as Section 215.
Critics view it as an infringement of privacy rights.
According to Reuters Barak Obama has been under pressure to rein in surveillance since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year disclosed classified details about the breadth of the government's intelligence gathering, sparking an international uproar.