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  •  That would be what I would guess: (2+ / 0-)
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    Hey338Too, Loge

    metadata is information, useful information, but not what was said in the conversation.  

    The distinction is the fourth amendment law as it was articulated in Smith v. Maryland, and I believe it's the difference between a politically acceptable and unacceptable program.  

    As for the reforms, I don't think that they make much difference and might be useful as tweeks, except for the proposal that bulk data collections are saved by a private contractor.  That makes zero sense.  

    Christie: "I'm going to find the real bullies!"

    by Inland on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:03:31 AM PST

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    •  Whether smith "should" be the law, (0+ / 0-)

      is a tougher question.  I don't think all metadata should be regarded equally or have identical privacy interests associated with them.  I'd rather keep the collection as is but have tighter limits and transparency on when the database may be queried, which is what I think is properly the "search" to begin with.  My focus would be on internal processes within the agency, role of private contractors, and things like that.  

      I am hesitant to draw particularly political inferences from any action or inaction.  What does this tell us about Obama as the standard bearer of the party, that he adopted this program against this legal backdrop and this security situation?  Relief I'm not in his position.  A position I might not share isn't by virtue of that an unreasonable or unconscionable one, and that's what Dear Diarist misses, persistently.

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:17:29 AM PST

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