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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant 274

Posted by Soulskill
from the we're-all-shocked dept.
Charliemopps writes: "According to Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, 'There have been queries, using U.S. person identifiers, of communications lawfully acquired to obtain foreign intelligence targeting non-U.S. persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States. These queries were performed pursuant to minimization procedures approved by the Fisa court and consistent with the statute and the fourth amendment.' Basically, if you communicated with someone that is 'reasonably believed' to be a terrorist, you've lost constitutional protection against searches without a warrant, according to the NSA."
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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

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  • Re:April Fools? (Score:3, Informative)

    by khallow (566160) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @12:33AM (#46636591)

    Here they are trying to be transparent

    No, they aren't. They only admit what gets revealed.

  • Re:April Fools? (Score:3, Informative)

    by erikkemperman (252014) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @01:39AM (#46636815)

    And it's no wonder, when you look at American films and television. It's always some lone cop, on a vigilante mission to kill the bad guys, above the law. It's a fantasy that has been so ingrained in our culture at this point, that from when these guys are little kids to when they join the force they are already programmed to fail.

    That actually works both ways. There is so much entertainment which involves terrorists and serial killers -- it's probably fair to say that the number of fictional serial killers exceeds reality by now. Which might cause the public, and possibly even some of the law enforcers who really should know better, to grossly overestimate the actual danger they're in from day to day. And overreact accordingly when something does happen.

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