Why are People Celebrating? USA Freedom Act is a Big Win for the NSA — Not Civil Liberties

1-NSA surveillance “What no one wants to say out loud is that this is a big win for the NSA, and a huge nothing burger for the privacy community,” said a former senior intelligence office, while speaking to The Daily Beast. The bill doesn’t actually end or suspend the phone records program, but simply requires phone companies to hold onto these records rather than the NSA. Additionally, under this bill the NSA will now get cell phone records in addition to the landline call records. Under the current collection regime, only landline call records are kept. “The NSA is coming out of this unscathed,” Joel Brenner, the NSA’s former inspector general, told The Daily Beast. “I think no one thought it was in the realm of the possible before this bill.” The irony is that this is exactly what former NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander had wanted to implement previously, but the idea was shelved due to the extreme unlikeliness of Congress being willing to pass such legislation. http://www.infowars.com/why-are-people-celebrating-usa-freedom-act-is-a-big-win-for-the-nsa-not-civil-liberties/

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