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The NSA Will Stop Collecting Your Phone Metadata!


By Nick Gillespie|

Thanks to Whistleblower, Ed Snowden, at midnight Nov 29, 2015, the National Security Agency (NSA) must stop its bulk collection of essentially all phone calls made in the United States.

The conclusion of the vast surveillance system comes as the result of the USA Freedom Act, which Congress passed back in June. At the time, the NSA was allotted 18o days to end its controversial practices and find new ways to keep Americans safe (that hopefully don’t include spying on ordinary citizens). Now, the government agency is out of time, and the White House says that it has a less invasive process ready to replace the old program.

Related Article: Patriot Act author prepares bill to put NSA bulk collection ‘out of business’

Though it’s been two years since Snowden first brought the surveillance to public attention, the end of the program marks a considerable victory for privacy watchdog groups, who have long lambasted the government for what some considered an abuse of power. Now, should a certain phone number be deemed suspicious by government officials, they must make a specific request to the appropriate telephone company in order to retrieve the data. No longer will the NSA have its own records of this sort of information.

Related Article:Ben Swann: Will NSA Spying Abuses Help End the Patriot Act?

So you can relax maybe a little bit. The government now must actually suspect you of something before collecting information on you. One thing you don't have to worry about is that American intelligence will in any way be compromised by having to follow new procedures. Earlier this year, the conservative Washington Times summarized a Justice Department study on the program, which had been justified under Section 215 of the original Patriot Act:

[The] report adds ammunition to…opponents [of bulk collection of phone records], with the inspector general concluding that no major cases have been broken by use of the Patriot Act’s records-snooping provisions.

“The agents we interviewed did not identify any major case developments that resulted from use of the records obtained in response to Section 215 orders,” the inspector general concluded.


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  2. Anonymous says:

    They collected data before the US Patriot Act and they are surely still collecting data after…

  3.' Mike Jones says:

    LMFAO. you think that they spent billions building a spying infrastructure just to shut it down?? lol.

  4.' Thomas Rene Mittelbronn says:

    SURE they will…

  5.' Tito Chacon says:

    All lies

  6.' Wmsco Snyder says:

    Must get a warrant, now must get a warrant , do you see a change here ? Who is representing us to distinguish what is probable cause, and Exactly what is sought after. The Constitution stands against General Warrants.

  7.' Jay McFly says:

    Yaaaaaawn… If you believe this you should be committed

  8.' Jeff Hasner says:

    They will neva stop. Only a naive fool would believe they will respect tha law….they believe themselves above all law.

  9.' Doug says:

    The Beast never sleeps.

  10.' Pamela Holland says:

    My rear! Dirty pigs do it every day. NSA certainly no different.

  11.' Fabiola Cárdenas says:

    And Find the Extremists Muslim Terrorist.
    Sure Very sure.!!!

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