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FBI took seven years to comply with Congressional privacy requirements


The HillThe FBI took seven years to fulfill a legal obligation that it adopt additional privacy protections for searches under legal provisions of the Patriot Act currently up for debate in the Senate.

A Justice Department watchdog report released on Thursday claimed that the FBI’s 2013 implementation of “minimization procedures” for data collected under Section 215 of the Patriot Act was too long of a wait, given that Congress had demanded the measures in a 2006 reauthorization of the Patriot Act.

I am sure of four things:

1) The government, FBI and NSA included, will treat new restrictions in any reauthorization of the Patriot Act surveillance rules with exactly the same urgency and respect that they treated the requirements in the original 2006 reauthorization act. That is, with very nearly zero respect.

2) The government, FBI and NSA included, will treat the failure to reauthorize the Patriot Act surveillance rules as having a legal significance residing somewhere between "bup" and "kiss". However, a big public relations push will be made to claim that the surveillance is being stopped.

3) If Congress fails to reauthorize the NSA public surveillance program, there will shortly thereafter be one or more terrorist attacks that the government will claim they could have stopped if only they had been allowed to continue spying on people who aren't terrorists. This will likely lead to reauthorization in secret.

4) No whistleblowers will emerge to point out that they never actually stopped.

Oh, and while I'm on the subject... notice how the focus is suddenly on the NSA's telephone records surveillance program, when the NSA's Internet surveillance program is much more relevant to modern life?

This entry was published Sat May 30 11:43:47 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-05-30 11:43:47.0. [Tweet]

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