The NSA Will Never, Ever Collect Data Without a Warrant Again: Obama Says So!

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Clusivius:

Clusivius-sqPhew! What a relief! Now we can rest in our absolute assurance that the NSA will put an end to its all-encompassing surveillance program, because Obama says so!

President Obama, responding to a clamorous debate over the government’s broad surveillance practices, announced on Friday that he will require intelligence agencies to obtain permission from a secret court before tapping into a vast storehouse of telephone data, and will ultimately move that data out of the hands of the government.

In a much-anticipated speech that ranged from broad principles to technical details, Mr. Obama said he would end the vast collection of phone data as it exists today. He will also restrict the ability of the National Security Agency to throw a net well beyond the data of an individual target and collect unlimited numbers.

And the president said he would sharply restrict eavesdropping on the leaders of dozens of foreign allies, the disclosure of which ignited a diplomatic firestorm with friendly countries like Germany.

Now, in the guise of sweeping new “rules”, the government can dismiss all of Snowden’s exposés as applying to the ostensibly old system.  Meanwhile, intelligence agencies can continue to collect data just as before, only they will screen their spies more carefully to prevent another Edward Snowden.   And Obama can appease the anti-spying liberals in his own political base who will believe him (just as conservative Christians so often believed the lies of G. W. Bush).

This is very handy.  The government gets to spy on us anyway, and they have also gained a handy scapegoat for the next major domestic terrorist attack:  “Snowden and those evil Teabaggers caused this terrible tragedy!”

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  1. Reblogged this on Brittius.com and commented:
    “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.”

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  2. “If you like your privacy, you can keep your privacy!”

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