February 26

Recently Declassified Study Demonstrates Uselessness of NSA’s Phone Metadata Program



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The New York Times is reporting on the NSA’s telephone metadata program, that your NSA shut down this past year:

A Nationwide Security Agency program that analyzed logs of Us citizens’ domestic calls and text messages price $100 million from 2015 to 2019, but yielded just a individual significant investigation, in accordance with a newly declassified research.

Moreover, only twice throughout that four-year time period did this program generate unique details that the F.B.I. didn’t currently possess, said the analysis, which was made by the Personal privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Panel and briefed to Congress on Tuesday.


The privacy board, dealing with the intelligence community, got several additional salient facts declassified within the rollout of its report. Included in this, it officially disclosed that the machine has gained usage of Americans’ cellphone records, not only logs of landline calls.

It also disclosed that in the four years the Freedom Act system was operational, the National Security Agency produced 15 intelligence reports produced from it. Another 13, however, contained information the F.B.I. had already collected through other means, like ordinary subpoenas to telephone companies.

The report cited two investigations where the National Security Agency produced reports produced from this program: its analysis of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., in June 2016 and of the November 2016 attack at Ohio State University by way of a man who drove his car into people and slashed at them with a machete. Nonetheless it did not say if the investigations into either of these attacks were linked to both intelligence reports that provided unique information not already in the possession of the F.B.I.

This program is legal because of the USA FREEDOM Act, which expires on March 15. Congress is currently debating whether to increase the authority, despite the fact that the NSA says it isn’t deploying it now.

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