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  •  Today, WH just asked to hold onto call records... (9+ / 0-)


    Obama Officials Seek to Hold NSA Phone Records Longer

    Say Data Needed in Lawsuits Challenging Such Surveillance
    By Devlin Barrett
    Updated Feb. 26, 2014 4:39 p.m. ET

    The Obama administration has asked a special court for approval to hold on to National Security Agency phone records for a longer period—an unintended consequence of lawsuits seeking to stop the data-surveillance program.

    The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the Justice Department was considering such a move, which would end up expanding the controversial phone records database by not deleting older call records.

    Under the current system, the database is purged of phone records more than five years old. The Justice Department, in a filing made public Wednesday, said it needs to hold on to the older records as evidence in lawsuits brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and others.

    Under the proposal made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the older data would continue to be held, but NSA analysts would not be allowed to search it.

    Justice Department lawyers filed the request Tuesday night, and it was made public Wednesday…

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 03:33:21 PM PST

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    •  So, they (0+ / 0-)

      should just destroy them despite the lawsuits by the ACLU, EFF and others?
      If they destroy this evidence, will you come howling down on the govt for destroying evidence?

      Just checking....what should they do here?

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