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  •  So, basically, he's doing nothing (14+ / 0-)
    He will not follow the recommendation of the advisory group he had created to review the program, who advised the transfer of all the data to the telecommunications companies, which it turns out the telecommunications companies wanted to no part of. He is also not following the recommendation that the NSA should have to seek a court order to access that data
    The FBI uses National Security Letters to investigate potential crimes, sending these NSLs to private companies who must provide the private information of their customers, but cannot tell their customers that their data has been shared. Obama has "directed the Attorney General to amend how we use National Security Letters so this secrecy will not be indefinite, and will terminate within a fixed time unless the government demonstrates a real need for further secrecy."

    Nothing, but making it look like it's "something".   Meh.

    “Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

    by SpamNunn on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 09:24:15 AM PST

    •  Can he at least get us the Christies aide's phone (3+ / 0-)
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      stevemb, Mr Robert, maryabein

      records, e-mails and metadata?  

      What good is the ability to tap this stuff if you can't use it for anything useful?  ;>P

      “Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

      by SpamNunn on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 09:26:18 AM PST

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