How Congress unknowingly legalized PRISM in 2007


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On Sept. 11, 2007, the National Security Agency signed up Microsoft as its first partner for PRISM, a massive domestic surveillance program whose existence was reported by the Washington Post today. That’s barely a month after Congress passed, and President George W. Bush signed, the Protect America Act.


The Bush Administration portrayed the PAA as a technical fix designed to close a gap in America’s surveillance capabilities that had been opened by a then-recent ruling of the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). It proved to be much more than that.
While the details are still classified, reports suggested that the FISC had ruled that it was illegal for the government to intercept communications between two foreign endpoints if the communications happened to pass through the United States. Warning that the U.S. would suddenly lose the ability to continue its surveillance of terrorists, the administration pushed the PAA through Congress in a matter of days.


In reality, the PAA represented a sweeping change to American surveillance law. Before conducting surveillance, the PAA only required executive branch officials to “certify” that there were “reasonable procedures” in place for ensuring that surveillance “concerns” persons located outside the United States and that the foreign intelligence is a “significant purpose” of the program. A single certification could cover a broad program intercepting the communications of numerous individuals. And there was no requirement for judicial review of individual surveillance targets within a “certified” program.
Civil liberties groups warned that the PAA’s vague requirements and lack of oversight would give the government a green light to seek indiscriminate access to the private communications of Americans. They predicted that the government would claim that they needed unfettered access to domestic communications to be sure they had gotten all relevant information about suspected terrorists.
It now appears that this is exactly what the government did.

How Congress unknowingly legalized PRISM in 2007
 
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[TD] If Obama had stopped the data mining and those events happened he would have been toast for stopping it. Can't win.
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[TD] If Obama had stopped the data mining and those events happened he would have been toast for stopping it. Can't win. [/TD]
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[TD]just did as they were told and never read any of the bills they were passing. They still do it. Especially the repubs...it's obvious they never read anything they are voting on. It's also obvious they couldn't even write bills without ALEC doing it for them.
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From SOPA, PIPA CISPA and ACTA now on PRISM?
Hakuna aliye salama mtandaoni. Kama Mkurugenzi wa CIA yalimkuta haya nani atasalimika? CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns due to Extramarital Affair

Naona mmiliki wa Facebook kaamua kutoa press mapema hisa za Kampuni yake zisizidi kuporomoka.

Mark Zuckerberg
I want to respond personally to the outrageous press reports about PRISM:

Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers. We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk, like the one Verizon reportedly received. And if we did, we would fight it aggressively. We hadn't even heard of PRISM before yesterday.

When governments ask Facebook for data, we review each request carefully to make sure they always follow the correct processes and all applicable laws, and then only provide the information if is required by law. We will continue fighting aggressively to keep your information safe and secure.

We strongly encourage all governments to be much more transparent about all programs aimed at keeping the public safe. It's the only way to protect everyone's civil liberties and create the safe and free society we all want over the long term.
 

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