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

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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  • wtf (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @06:07PM (#46634535)

    wtf is up with the auto-play read-out loud BS? It's like being waterboarded with "beta" feature. Make it stop.

  • Re:OK, but... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @06:07PM (#46634537)

    ... what is their definition of a terrorist?

    If you are being suspected that makes you a terrorist. With this definition everything works out.

  • Re:April Fools? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by HeckRuler ( 1369601 ) on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @06:09PM (#46634569)

    A little depressing, but it's getting hard to tell.

  • Re:OK, but... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Moheeheeko ( 1682914 ) on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @06:15PM (#46634609)
    anybody who gives 2 shits about their civil liberties.
  • Re:This is (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @06:21PM (#46634649)

    New here, you must be. Ponies, OMG, you loved would have.

  • Re:April Fools? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by HermMunster ( 972336 ) on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @06:22PM (#46634655)

    Whether they are joking or not, regardless of their claims, the activity of the NSA is a violation of the constitution. It matters not what the FISA court says or what they believe it should be. It is a civil rights violation and they have been breaking the law. Without a warrant any collection of data is a violation of the 4th amendment. The purpose behind the 4th amendment was to stop general warrants, of which, the NSA activities qualify.

  • Re:Legal searches (Score:5, Insightful)

    by thesupraman ( 179040 ) on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @06:25PM (#46634673)

    Where in that sentence do you think that the searches had been approved by FISA?
    I think you need a lesson in reading comprehension, it claims the process used in the search had been approved by FISA, not these specific searches, and that is a very different thing.
    The usual smokescreen doubletalk of course, but no where do they claim the search targets had been approved.

    So, why are you trusting people who have got no approval, let alone specific approval?

    Ah, thats right - you only believe in your rights not generic rights - and they haven't come for you yet.

  • DEFINITION (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PortHaven ( 242123 ) on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @06:27PM (#46634691) Homepage

    A member of the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street movement, or anyone who objects to the corruption, wealth funneling, war mongering imperialism, or the militarization of the police.

    In otherwords, "me"...
    (and "you")

  • by timeOday ( 582209 ) on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @06:38PM (#46634781)
    I don't get it? If the person is is 'reasonably believed' to be a terrorist, then the FISA court would rubber-stamp a warrant so quick it would make heads spin. So why not get the warrant?
  • Re:wtf (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Fulminata ( 999320 ) on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @06:45PM (#46634825)
    Welcome to April 1st. Your wish will be granted on April 2nd.
  • Re:April Fools? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @06:46PM (#46634827)
    James Clapper and Keith Alexander belong behind bars.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @06:49PM (#46634849)

    and reinstate the constitution. Problem solved.

  • by dtjohnson ( 102237 ) on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @06:51PM (#46634875)
    Either communications (phone, email, twitter, etc.) are private and protected by the Constitution...or they are not. It cannot be both ways. If they are protected by the constitution...and the government, through its agency, the NSA, refuses to uphold the constitution, then a constitutional crisis is upon us...and the way forward on that is bleak since the constitution has been the basis for the existence of the United States for the last 2+ centuries. Here, we have the government essentially saying that their needs entitle it to disregard the constitution that they are sworn to uphold. Probably the only way to really resolve this is to arrest and bring the responsible officials into court on charges of treason...and it's not clear who or what would do the arresting and prosecution.
  • Re:April Fools? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @07:53PM (#46635301)
    If we started putting these people behind bars when they break the law? Yes, eventually the replacements would get the hint.
  • Re:OK, but... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by manu0601 ( 2221348 ) on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @09:01PM (#46635705)
    Anyone that disagrees with power. Americans fighting UK army for independance would probably be called terrorists by today's standard.
  • Re:OK, but... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Trogre ( 513942 ) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @12:04AM (#46636509) Homepage

    You're missing the point.

    The GP is not calling them terrorists. He is saying that the current "authorities" would label them as terrorists if they tried something like that today and use that as an excuse to vanquish them. Nobody thinks they they are actually like Bin Laden and his evil (well, deceived) minions.

    And I find it incredibly naive if you think that someone trying to start a revolution in the USA today would be labelled as anything else.

  • Re:April Fools? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cffrost ( 885375 ) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @05:42AM (#46637521) Homepage

    And plus, they were doing it to protect us from [spooky voice]TEEERRROOORRRIIISSSTTTSSS[/spooky voice]. Everything is ok so long as you are doing it to fight [spooky voice]TEEERRROOORRRIIISSSTTTSSS[/spooky voice], right?

    My only fear with regard to "terrorism" — excluding the conversion of my country into a totalitarian police/surveillance state (as I consider this to be a realization rather than a fear) — manifests itself along the lines of: "I hope that steroid-fueled, combat-ready, bored cop over there doesn't think up an excuse to harass/question/search/detain/arrest/chem-spray/electrocute/beat/pop me, as he's all jacked-up to 'fight terror,' and there aren't any terrorists around to be fought (but I am), and I'm nine times more likely to be killed by a cop than killed by one of the elusive boogeymen the government seems to want me to fear."

Someone is unenthusiastic about your work.