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  •  NSA was Bush's mess (3+ / 0-)
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    doroma, politicalceci, Diogenes2008

    to start with as a result of the Patriot Act, just like Gitmo, Waterboarding and Rendition.  Remember when they used to listen to the intimate phone calls of our troops from overseas? PBO actually put in some safeguards to prevent that, at least at the administrative level.  That's why he's a lot less freaked out about Snowden than some of us, any unauthorized queries of the the metadata database are recorded and tracked, which help tamp down abuse.

    •  Authorized Queries (1+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus

      Actually, a lot of the authorized  queries have a lot of us freaked out. We're not as willing as you are to say that after 5 years the NSA, part of the Executive Branch, doesn't belong to Obama now.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 02:17:00 PM PST

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      •  Sure they do... (0+ / 0-)

        but those do at least depend on FISC authorization, which is renewed every 90 days.  Bush completely bypassed the Court and claimed he didn't need their oversight or approval.  They are now back in the loop.  No, it's not yet where it probably should be - because for one thing what Snowden was talking about was the super-authorities he had as a Systems Admin which go above and beyond what the filters and limits can control, but it's still much better than it was.

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