Previous claims of FISA court oversight, for whatever that would be worth, over the NSA’s program of collecting meta-data on phone calls made within the United States is not true, according to Senate Intelligence Commitee chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D – CA)
Feinstein told reporters today that the NSA agent needs to only believe they have a “reasonable cause to believe” someone is connected to terrorism to search through the database for phone numbers that person called.
Theoretically, they could get a court order for additional data on the calls, and authorization to specifically listen in to the calls themselves, but given the huge amount of “meta-data” the NSA is now known to possess, the particulars of phone calls are likely to be rarely of serious interest.
FISA court oversight amounts to little to no protection at any rate, since the court has rubber stamped 100 percent of the requests it has been given over the past year, many of those requests broad culls of data covering millions of Americans.
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SF citizens and vets are challenged to seek the arrest of difi. Do this or wait for renegade militias to take the law in their own hand. If the US does not restore constitutional law and order then only mayhem awaits. our exhortation to reason is now futile
We need to get her out of office. And she is from Northern Cali. What is this the Twilight Zone or something….?
Oh, and here I thought that the FISA "court" business made everything legal. So is Feinschtein admitting it's all illegal?
Wasn't Feinstein one of those who were pontificating that it was all legal because the FISA Courts had approved the trolling? So now she's saying that perhaps there was no FISA approval because it wasn't needed?
Another example of why there should be term limits.
Dear NSA, I have reasonable cause to believe that Diane Feinstein is a terrorist.
That includes her war proiteering husband.
In the face of fake elections in the US, only term limits may help to keep foreign agents out of the Congress.
Clapper came up with the perfect label for how our our government and their spawn in the public and private sector is acting; "unwittingly".
So, lets refer to them collectively from now on as "Unwits".
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