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  •  Electronic Frontier Foundation has concerns (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Youffraita

    from their press release:

    “The president's panel agreed with the growing consensus that mass electronic surveillance has no place in American society,” EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl said. “The review board floats a number of interesting reform proposals, and we're especially happy to see them condemn the NSA's attacks on encryption and other security systems people rely upon.  But we’re disappointed that the recommendations suggest a path to continue untargeted spying.  Mass surveillance is still heinous, even if private company servers are holding the data instead of government data centers.“

    "We're concerned that the panel appears to allow the NSA to continue the mass collection of emails, chats and other electronic communications of Americans under the pretext that the NSA is 'targeting' foreigners overseas," said EFF Activist Trevor Timm. "While we're happy that the panel acknowledged that foreigners abroad need some additional privacy protections, mass surveillance isn't acceptable for Americans or foreigners."

    They're right about mass surveillance and untargeted spying.  No one should be doing it, not the government or private entities. We have to draw a line on the use of these practices.  

    If cutting Social Security & Medicare benefits for low income seniors is what Democrats do after they win a budget standoff, I'd hate to see what they do after they lose one.

    by Betty Pinson on Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 06:59:09 AM PST

    •  getting that (3+ / 0-)
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      Betty Pinson, kurious, Youffraita

      all-seeing, all-knowing Genie,

      back in the bottle,

      will be quite the task.


      Refusing to do so,

      will be quite the civil travesty,

      in the long run.


      Any course corrections,
      will probably not happen overnight,
      given the "patriot-acting" Congress,
      we've be dealing with.

      This serious report,
      is a serious first step however.
      It outlines some significant and achievable goals.


      Thanks  Betty Pinson, for the comments and observations.

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