viernes, 21 de febrero de 2014

Officials: NSA considers expanding collection of Americans’ phone records

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http://www.davidicke.com/headlines/officials-nsa-considers-expanding-collection-of-americans-phone-records/

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/20/351529/nsa-mulls-expanding-spying-on-americans/

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Officials: NSA considers expanding collection of Americans’ phone records

Friday 21 February 2014
‘The US National Security Agency (NSA) is mulling to expand its controversial collection of phone records and data of the American public, drawing the anger of civil rights groups.
Officials familiar with the issue claimed the possible enlargement of the NSA database is an unintended consequence of the lawsuits which are aimed at halting the espionage program.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, they told the Wall Street Journal that “no final decision has been made to preserve the data” and that “even if a decision is made to retain the information, it would be held only for the purpose of litigation and not be subject to searches.”’
Officials: NSA considers expanding collection of Americans’ phone records
Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:17PM
The US National Security Agency (NSA) is mulling to expand its controversial collection of phone records and data of the American public, drawing the anger of civil rights groups. 
Officials familiar with the issue claimed the possible enlargement of the NSA database is an unintended consequence of the lawsuits which are aimed at halting the espionage program. 

Speaking on condition of anonymity, they told the Wall Street Journal that “no final decision has been made to preserve the data” and that “even if a decision is made to retain the information, it would be held only for the purpose of litigation and not be subject to searches.” 

But privacy groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union that have long been calling for the halt of the surveillance program have criticized the idea. 

“It’s difficult to understand why the government would consider taking this position, when the relief we’ve requested in the lawsuit is a purge of our data,” said Patrick Toomey from the ACLU. 

Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who is representing Senator Rand Paul in his legal case against the espionage program, has also described the possible decision as “just silly.” 

This as two bills aimed at curbing the spying program have been caught up in the US Capitol Hill.
The Judiciary Committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate have stalled the legislation since October.

Committee aides say there are no plans to move the bills forward any time soon.s

Over a hundred 30 lawmakers in the House and 20 senators have signed on as co-sponsors of the legislation. The bills are meant to prevent the US National Security Agency or NSA from collecting phone records of the American public.

The congressional leaders’ unwillingness to go ahead with reforms comes as rights groups describe the NSA program as illegal. These groups want the program to stop altogether.

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