Crime Terrorism News March 19, 2014

  • NSA Recording All Phone Calls for a Foreign Country, Including Those of Americans

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: media@aclu.org

    NEW YORK – The NSA is recording all of the phone calls in an unnamed foreign country, and the agency planned to expand the program to other countries, according to a story today by The Washington Post. The conversations, which are available for playback for at least a month, include those of Americans who are in the country or were on calls to or from the country.

    Jameel Jaffer, American Civil Liberties Union deputy legal director, had this reaction:

    “This is a truly chilling revelation, and it’s one that underscores how high the stakes are in the debate we’re now having about bulk surveillance. The NSA has always wanted to record everything, and now it has the capacity to do so. The question now is simply whether we have the political will to impose reasonable limits on the NSA’s authority – that is, whether we have the political will to protect our democratic freedoms.”

    Tomorrow morning, Jaffer will testify in Washington before the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which will hold a hearing on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The government cites Section 702 as authorization for its so-called “warrantless wiretapping program,” which entails bulk collection of phone calls and emails in and out of the United States.

    More information on Wednesday’s PCLOB hearing is at:
    pclob.gov/Documents/PCLOB%20Mar19Hearing%20Agenda.pdf

    Jaffer’s written PCLOB testimony will be online after 11 a.m. Wednesday at:
    aclu.org/national-security/privacy-and-civil-liberties-oversight-board-public-hearing-fisa-amendments-act

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