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Oversight Report Shows The NSA Did Not Delete All The Inadvertently-Collected Phone Records It Claimed It Had Deleted

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Tue, Aug 6th 2019 6:34am ó Tim Cushing

Ever since Ed Snowden doxed the NSAís phone records collection, the agency has been coughing up documents showing its multiple collection programs have never not been abused since its was granted more power shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

The putative sacrificial lamb offered up to angry Congressional reps and dismayed citizens was the Section 215 program. Well, only a small part of it, actually. The NSA would continue to hoover up business records without a warrant, but it was having trouble working within the confines of modifications forced upon it by the USA Freedom Act.

Rather than use its considerable expertise to tackle the problem of over-collection, the NSA has apparently decided to abandon this collection altogether. It only took six years since the first Snowden leak, but itís something. But the NSAís uninterrupted string of abuses continued right up to its offer to shutter the program ó something that wonít actually be official until Congress codifies the abandonment.

Thanks to yet another FOIA lawsuit, more bad news about the tail end of collectionís lifespan has been released. Charlie Savage of the New York Times reports the NSAís claims about its purge of over-collected data were as hollow as any of the dozens of public statements it has offered in response to a steady stream of leaked documents.


https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190803/21575342712/oversight-report-shows-nsa-did-not-delete-all-inadvertently-collected-phone-records-it-claimed-it-had-deleted.shtml
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