Privacy Board: NSA Internet Monitoring Is Legal, Has Been Effective in Fighting Terrorism

There is no joy in Rio
US News • Views: 24,753

Here’s some news on the NSA front that is causing great agita among the Greenwald cult: Privacy Board: NSA’s Internet Monitoring Is Legal.

Yes, the bipartisan, five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has found that:

  • The NSA's metadata collection programs are legal and constitutional.
  • The NSA employs "reasonable" safeguards designed to protect the rights of American citizens.

The board, including a Democratic federal judge, two privacy experts and two former Republican Justice Department officials, found that the NSA monitoring was legal and reasonable and that the NSA and other agencies take steps to prevent misuse of Americans’ data. Those steps include “minimization,” that redacts the names of Americans from intelligence reports unless they are relevant.

The board’s validation of the controversial NSA surveillance program stands in contrast to its last report in January, when it argued that the NSA’s collection of domestic calling records under Section 215 was unconstitutional. The Obama administration disagreed but has proposed to overhaul the program by ending NSA’s collection of the records.

“Overall, the board finds that the protections contained in the Section 702 minimization procedures are reasonably designed and implemented to ward against the exploitation of information acquired under the program for illegitimate purposes,” said the report, which is to be voted on at a public meeting Wednesday in Washington. “The board has seen no trace of any such illegitimate activity associated with the program, or any attempt to intentionally circumvent legal limits.”

The board also noted that current laws do allow an enormous amount of information to be collected by the NSA, and made some policy recommendations to further strengthen civil liberties and “ensure that the program remains tied to its constitutionally legitimate core.”

For example, the board recommends that NSA and CIA analysts query Section 702 data using the names or email addresses of Americans “only if the query is based upon a statement of facts showing that it is reasonably likely to return foreign intelligence information.”

That’s not all. The PCLOB also found that the NSA’s programs, counter to the assertions made by Glenn Greenwald, has been effective in disrupting terrorist plots and discovering new connections between international terrorist groups.

As you might expect, the Grenwaldians are not happy about this. When the board’s first report in January suggested there might be some unconstitutional aspects to the NSA’s programs, they trumpeted it as a wonderful finding that vindicated their claims.

Today, their reaction is a bit different:

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Recent PagesClick to refresh
Clinton Camp Dismisses Trump Challenge on Health Records A Clinton aide said the campaign will not be releasing any more records. Clinton, 68, released a two-page letter last month from her doctor that said the Democratic nominee is in "excellent physical condition and fit to serve as ...
Thanos
1 hour, 21 minutes ago
Views: 52 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Nation With Crumbling Bridges and Roads Excited to Build Giant Wall WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— As America’s bridges, roads, and other infrastructure dangerously deteriorate from decades of neglect, there is a mounting sense of urgency that it is time to build a giant wall. Across the U.S., whose rail system ...
Thanos
3 hours, 32 minutes ago
Views: 190 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 23 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 3
Comments: 0
: 3
Captain America: Civil War: Team Thor Funny Reason Why Thor & Hulk Weren’t in Movie Captain America: Civil War: Team Thor Funny Reason Why Thor & Hulk Wasn't in MovieSUBSCRIBE: goo.gl FOLLOW US: goo.glLIKE US: goo.gl Check out Movie Behind the Scenes, Interviews, Movie Red Carpet Premieres, Broll and more from screenslam.com Part of ...
Thanos
11 hours, 38 minutes ago
Views: 115 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Westworld Trailer (HBO) - MATURE VERSION Subscribe to the HBO YouTube: itsh.bo Westworld is coming to HBO in October 2016. Like Westworld on Facebook: facebook.com Follow Westworld on Twitter: @WestworldHBOUse #Westworld to join the conversation Learn more: itsh.bo It's HBO. Connect with HBO Online:Find HBO ...
Thanos
11 hours, 43 minutes ago
Views: 112 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
SARA ISAKSSON & REBECKA TÖRNQVIST ‘Barrytown’SARA ISAKSSON & REBECKA TÖRNQVIST・2006 Moule RECORDINGS MOULE001・webbtv.tv4.se 28.10.2006 tv4.seThe cover song of STEELY DAN.
Thanos
21 hours, 42 minutes ago
Views: 127 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
What Clinton’s Small-Business Plan Says About Her: She Understands Hillary Clinton rolled out a plan for small businesses on Tuesday that seemed to say: I get your pain, and if you elect me, I'll make your life easier. Her initiative shows she does her homework. Clinton's proposals aren’t ...
Thanos
1 day ago
Views: 345 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 11 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Comments: 0
: 1
BBC 2 Test Card - Heaven Makes You Happy (Complete)25 years ago... also see: The BBC test card: inside a cult YouTube obsession
Thanos
1 day ago
Views: 137 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Son Little - ‘State Trooper’ (Bruce Springsteen Cover)Son Little covers Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper" Facebook: facebook.comTwitter: twitter.comTumblr: sonlittle.tumblr.com
Thanos
1 day, 15 hours ago
Views: 142 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Jacob Collier & Cory Henry - Arr. Jules Buckley - ” Billie Jean ” -Livebbc.co.uk
Thanos
1 day, 15 hours ago
Views: 209 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
My Bubba - Big Bad Good (Live on KEXP)kexp.org presents My bubba performing "Big Bad Good" live in the KEXP studio. Recorded July 30, 2016. Host: MorganAudio Engineer: Jackson LongCameras: Jim Beckmann & Justin WilmoreEditor: Jim Beckmann kexp.orgohmybubba.com
Thanos
1 day, 15 hours ago
Views: 232 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0