NSA Recommends Dropping Phone Surveillance Program

CTH: Perhaps the weaponization of the NSA database was the biggest research project we ever took on.  That said, CTH prudence requires a lack of commentary.  For a background on this story see the [“SIDE NOTE“] previously presented HERE.  “The candle is not worth the flame.”

(WASHINGTON DC) The National Security Agency has recommended that the White House abandon a U.S. surveillance program that collects information about Americans’ phone calls and text messages, saying the logistical and legal burdens of keeping it outweigh its intelligence benefits, according to people familiar with the matter.

The recommendation against seeking the renewal of the once-secret spying program amounts to an about-face by the agency, which had long argued in public and to congressional overseers that the program was vital to the task of finding and disrupting terrorism plots against the U.S.

The latest view is rooted in a growing belief among senior intelligence officials that the spying program provides limited value to national security and has become a logistical headache.  MORE HERE

11 Comments on NSA Recommends Dropping Phone Surveillance Program

  1. Strange.
    They aren’t concerned with the moral or Constitutional issues – just the “logistical” and “legal” burdens (lawyer expenses).
    It never had any moral, legal, “intelligence,” or Constitutional justification and was only useful in a Beria-esque or Himmler-esque sense of choosing a victim and then designing a crime to fit the occasion.

    Yeah, Cato’s hit it, the thing’s probably going underground.

    izlamo delenda est …

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  2. If your words may not be a crime in the future, you have nothing to worry about if Our Federal Family collects information about you. Just look what happened to Kate Smith – posthumously declared an unperson for singing lyrics which are considered by some to be racist in 2019 but in 1930 even black singers sang them. She should have been more careful in her choice of songs to record.

    Her real crime was singing “God Bless America”, but they can’t yet admit publicly that God and America are banned words.

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  3. The NSA people responsible for this program should all be tried for MASSIVE 4th Amendment violations. They are finally admitting that all encompassing eavesdropping is a waste of time.

    Just a few warrants targeted at high risk suspects would have yielded the exact same information. Me talking to my wife is not a security risk. Idiots.

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  4. There are lots of interesting comments about this over at CTH. The one idea most consistent with my take is that the database they’re proposing to eliminate contains hard evidence of crimes of those wanting to do the elimination. In other words, it’s destruction of evidence.

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  5. And the FBI made local law enforcement agencies sign NDAs and handed out Stingrays to all of them to illegally tap everyone’s cellphones.

    Who watches the watchers?

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