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    wayoutinthestix

    Reg, you're the one without a clue.  

    The abuse was abuse prior to 2009.

    In claiming that "NONE of them involving domestic calls,"  I guess you missed the part about domestic wiretaps of US political figures.  

    To say that US soldiers serving in the field have no protection from recreational espionage in personal calls to their families is amoral and shocking.

    The analysts and the supervisors of analysts following 2009 were, for the most part, the same as those before. When a system is corrupt, it doesn't make any difference who the head of the system is-- unless that person makes an effort to clean it up.

    There is no evidence whatsoever that Obama did make such an effort.

    What Obama did do is prosecute whistleblowers so severely that people have been much more hesitant to come forward.

    What Snowden has reported is precisely what Kinne and others have reported, namely that low-level analysts have unlimited access to information, with few checks on abuse:

    in general, the reality is this: if an NSA, FBI, CIA, DIA, etc analyst has access to query raw SIGINT databases, they can enter and get results for anything they want. Phone number, email, user id, cell phone handset id (IMEI), and so on - it's all the same. The restrictions against this are policy based, not technically based, and can change at any time. Additionally, audits are cursory, incomplete, and easily fooled by fake justifications.
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     If I target for example an email address, for example under FAA 702, and that email address sent something to you, Joe America, the analyst gets it. All of it. IPs, raw data, content, headers, attachments, everything. And it gets saved for a very long time - and can be extended further with waivers rather than warrants.
    I'm sure you think you're defending Obama. Instead, you're showing a kind of indifference to the truth and to principle that ends up hurting him.

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