Saturday, August 10, 2013

Surveillance reforms. Don't settle for window dressing

The American Civil Liberties Union chimes in on Obama's call to reform government surveillance policies and programs:
"While the initial reforms outlined by the president are a necessary and welcome first step, they are not nearly sufficient. The bulk collection of Americans' phone records is only one of several troubling programs disclosed over the last two months. The president must work with members of Congress to reform all of these surveillance programs, including those authorized by Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, which collect, monitor and retain the contents of Americans' communications without a warrant. We also urge the president to release the relevant FISA Court opinions and agency memos that have created a body of secret law that is far removed from public oversight and adequate congressional review. We must ensure that the government's surveillance programs once again adhere to the protections afforded by the Fourth Amendment."
Don't expect government (including the Congress) to willingly, meaningfully reform surveillance programs if it thinks it can get away with a little window dressing.

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