White House Rejects Gov’t Report that NSA Bulk Data Grab Is Illegal and Useless

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The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) has released a scathing report listing off the various ways that the National Security Administration’s meta data sweeps are illegal.

“Based on the information provided to the board, including classified briefings and documentation, we have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation,” said the report from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

“Beyond such individual privacy intrusions,” wrote the majority, “permitting the government to routinely collect the calling records of the entire nation fundamentally shifts the balance of power between the state and its citizens. With its powers of compulsion and criminal prosecution, the government poses unique threats to privacy when it collects data on its own citizens.” (source)

The PCLOB site describes the board as “an independent, bipartisan agency within the executive branch established by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, Pub. L. 110-53, signed into law in August 2007.”

The board also rejected the notion that the NSA’s data mining program is somehow “necessary” to fix the supposed intelligence gap that occurred from a failure to detect Al Qaeda in the U.S. prior to 9/11 — something that has been claimed many times to necessitate the program in the wake of former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks that brought the pervasiveness of the U.S. government’s spying out in the open.

So even the government’s own board says the NSA’s data stealing program is essentially useless, illegal and a total threat to privacy and civil liberties that shifts too much power to the government.

Ultimately the PCLOB recommended that the NSA scrap the program altogether.

Of course, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded by saying the administration believes the program is totally legal. “We simply disagree with the board’s analysis on the legality of the program,” Carney said.

Carney did not make it clear which Constitution he was referring to in the way of legality, however; obviously not the United States Constitution which includes an amendment that clearly states its citizens have the right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.

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  • Westcoastliberal

    If the WH didn’t want to listen to the panel’s recommendations, then why did they spend our tax money on the panel in the first place. And I don’t see any defense of how in the world this “data-gathering” is Constitutional. In fact a Federal judge has already ruled that it isn’t. When are we as a nation going to stand up for our rights? If not now, when?

    • Sooriamoorthy

      The White House only wanted the panel to conclude that the White House is always right, especially when it is patently wrong.

  • apeman2502

    Obummer*s buddies want to steal trade secrets just like Bush cabal cronies always did. Too bad congress is too crooked to close the NSA down. They already pissed away many billions of tax payer dollars to facilitate stealing more.

  • viction

    OBAMA’S GOVERNMENT = ORGANIZED CRIME
    http://commieblaster.com/obamacrimes/

    • Cracker122049

      That is the Federal government in a nut shell ,all of them. Treasonous organized crime!

      • viction

        yep and it is going to get bad by 2016′
        America is going to be a very scary place to live.

  • http://www.bonitacoffee.com/ Bonita Coffee

    The author is right to wonder which constitution Obama is following. The lame stream reporters at this briefing should have grilled the carnival barker until he was well done. Of course they can’t do it now because the NSA has paperwork on each and every reporter in the room.

    • woody188

      The lack of noise from Constitutional organizations and scholars is deafening.

  • h5mind

    You know things are bad when your government embraces the most popular propaganda tactic of WWII Germany: ‘The Big Lie’. “Repeat the lie often enough, and people will tend to believe it.”

  • Sooriamoorthy

    They only failed to underscore that when the President does it, it is legal, whatever the President does. But if Nixon discovered that this is not true, Obama may never have to resign.

  • apeman2502

    Obama was chosen because he is an aggressive molester like Bush41 and Bush43. Obama was a gay male prostitute and a cocaine dealer and it shows. He sees no reason to respect anybody and lies and cheats and sodomizes 24/7.