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1 Skip Intro  Tue, Jun 18, 2013 3:47:57pm

Well, you got me. I thought that was the interest rate my bank is paying me to borrow money so they can turn around and loan it back at 18%.

2 Ace-o-aces  Tue, Jun 18, 2013 4:32:59pm

On the other hand (from the same article):

The NSA doesn’t need court approval each time it searches Americans’ phone records.
NSA Deputy Director John Inglis said that 22 NSA officials are authorized to approve requests to query an agency database that contains the cellphone metadata of American citizens. (Metadata includes the numbers of incoming and outgoing calls, the date and time the calls took place, and their duration.) Deputy AG Cole also said that all queries of this database must be documented and can be subject to audits. Cole also said that the the NSA does not have to get separate Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) approval for each query; instead, the agency merely has to file a monthly report with the court on how many times the database was queried, and how many of those searches targeted the phone records of Americans.

3 Randall Gross  Tue, Jun 18, 2013 6:58:42pm

re: #2 Ace-o-aces

Yes, but keep in mind that “records” is not listening. It’s a very real problem in and of itself if there were no parameters or controls, and if say one of those “authorities” abused the process and policies. See the ACLU suit as to why the searching of who called whom is a privacy issue standing apart from any eavesdropping or actual surveillance.
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