NSA May Expand Surveillance in Response to Lawsuits

Insists It Needs to Spy More for 'Evidence Preservation'

Determined not to let public backlash and a huge number of lawsuits get in the way of the global surveillance state, the NSA is said to be considering expanding its telephone surveillance program in the near future.

Incredibly, the NSA is arguing that the lawsuits against them for spying on everyone’s phone calls oblige them to collect even more data on everyone’s phone calls, because otherwise they might conceivably be accused of violating evidence preservation laws.

The big expansion would be in how long the NSA keeps its data, as right now they keep the data for five years, but they are now arguing that for the duration of the lawsuits they might just keep everything forever in case it’s relevant.

The expansion of data retention in the program comes as Attorney General Eric Holder is charged with coming up with a proposal on scaling down how much data the NSA keeps from the program. In practice, few expect him to have a serious proposal anyhow, but this new excuse seems set to kill anything resembling reform.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.