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  •  Blocked only because of member of Congress (12+ / 0-)

    The official said the plan was ultimately blocked because of concerns from some intelligence officials about using the N.S.A., without court oversight, to spy on a member of Congress.

    So yes it worked, but not every American gets to be a member of Congress.

    As for the second paragraph, it seems as if the FISA expansion that allows for broad collection is too broad to be 100% certain the law is being followed.

    •  I want to agree with that. That was (1+ / 0-)
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      my instinct on first reading , but i read it again and the phrase "the law that regulates the govt's wiretapping powers" and "challenges posed by enacting a new framework" makes me think that the regulation is causing these challenges.

      It makes it sound like how banks whine about being under the thumb of oversight.

    •  It has been long reported that NSA... (7+ / 0-)

        at the Georgia site near Augusta has been listening in on soldiers from the US but stationed in the Middle East as they make calls back to family. Some former employees of NSA have gone on record with James Bamford that agents of NSA were listening in on some intimate phone sex talk with husband and wife and getting involved with details. Sharing of conversations among other agents was common.
        Most people think that all of NSA is in Maryland but the primary site for Middle East surveillance is the one in Georgia.

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