Obama: Leading from Behind on NSA

Obama_RunningGary Schmitt  writes:  Thankfully, President Obama is not a doctor.  If he was and you happened to visit him in his office and mentioned that you were worried about the potential for lung cancer, he’d immediately put you under, open you up, and pull out a lung—or, at least, that’s the logic that seems to be guiding his decisions on NSA’s collection programs.  Yes, no one has found any evidence that NSA has broken the law, invaded constitutionally-protected privacy rights, or is about to.  But never mind, it’s the very possibility that someday, somehow, NSA will jump the tracks that requires the president now to unduly complicate the use of what he admits has been an important counterterrorism tool.

On the domestic front, the president has decided to modify substantially the 215 metadata collection program in which American telephony data (numbers called, numbers called from, and length of call) is currently stored in bulk by NSA and examined there to look for connections to foreign terrorists and terrorist organizations—all of which is done under the supervision of both congressional committees and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).  Starting now, however, the president will have the Justice Department go to the court for every discrete query of the database.  This is in contrast to the current process by which NSA can query the telephony database in any instance where an already FISC-approved, reasonably suspected terrorist number comes up on its screen.  Obviously, having to get court pre-approval for what have been a couple hundred queries annually will slow down the effort, make it far more burdensome and, in spirit, as former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden recently said, return us to “a pre-9/11 mindset.”

The president also said it was his intent to move storage of the data from NSA but admitted, in essence, that he didn’t have clue of how that was to be accomplished and punted over to the bureaucracy to figure it out.  The fact is, the companies (for good reasons) don’t want to be responsible for storing their customers data and an entirely new, third party entity would (when one thinks through how it would work in practice) wind up being a virtual clone of NSA in any case…

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The Weekly Standard

3 Comments on “Obama: Leading from Behind on NSA”

  1. Richard M Nixon (Deceased) says:

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

  2. Reblogged this on Ace News Services 2014 and commented:
    #AceNewsServices says ” If he was a “Doctor he would probable diagnose people from his office – no home visits required would then become his watchword’s under “Obamacare”

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