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Worried about NSA snooping?


May 11, 2013
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By Thomas Lifson
August 13, 2013

Relax, it's being thoroughly investigated. The entire policy of technology and intelligence gathering is going to be reviewed. So the American public has nothing to worry about.

Who is going to investigate? Why, of course, it will be James Clapper, the DNI who lied when he testified before Congress about snooping on the American public.

DNI Clapper Announces Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies


At the direction of the President, I am establishing the Director of National Intelligence Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies to examine our global signals-intelligence collection and surveillance capability.

The Review Group will assess whether, in light of advancements in communications technologies, the United States employs its technical collection capabilities in a manner that optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy while appropriately accounting for other policy considerations, such as the risk of unauthorized disclosure and our need to maintain the public trust.

The Review Group will brief its interim findings to the President within 60 days of its establishment, and provide a final report with recommendations no later than Dec. 15, 2013.

James R. Clapper
Director of National Intelligence​

Update: Andrew Malcolm is also unimpressed: Classic Obama charade: Appoint a crony to investigate himself.

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Jul 11, 2005
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I'm inclined to agree with the WSJ about metadata collection (which numbers called which numbers), that such data collection is analogous to the cop on the beat or patrol cars cruising the neighborhoods: they are not investigating a particular crime, but they are looking for suspicious behavior. And the analogy continues with our ongoing disputes over when it is proper to "stop and frisk."

The real problem comes when a corrupt administration (like our current one) perverts the program for political advantage and puts goons like Clueless Clapper (or most any other Obama appointee) in charge of administering the program. If we had administrators of personal integrity, it wouldn't be a problem - but now it looks like that will happen when pigs fly.
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