By Jim Emerson, staff writer
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement concerning the retention of metadata collected in accordance with section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.
“On June 29, 2015, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
approved the Government’s application to resume the Section 215 bulk telephone metadata program pursuant to the USA FREEDOM Act’s 180-day transition provision. As part of our effort to transition to the new authority, we have evaluated whether NSA should maintain access to the historical metadata after the conclusion of that 180-day period.”
Sounds good on the surface but the NSA will maintain the communication until November 29, 2015. The Intelligence Analysts will have access to that data which go back five years. Beltway translation: Democrats own this mess and want to get rid of records before Obama leaves office. However, as authorized by the USA FREEDOM Act, technical personnel will have access to the historical metadata for an additional three months. The records will be removed from NSA’s data banks sometime in January 2016.
After November 29th the NSA will require phone companies to maintain metadata and make it readily available upon request by government officials. In short, the purge of records from federal computers will not end the program but rather move the record keeping from the government to private companies, the same companies which sell phones manufactured by Foxconn.
Notice to privacy advocates–this is not a victory. Just lipstick on a pig. It is not the reform that privacy advocates had hoped for. Not only will the NSA have unlimited access to phone records collected during the last five years, the government has transformed phone companies into a warehouse for future collection. And government agencies and departments will have full access to all records and information compiled by telephone companies throughout the nation.
The only entity that can stop this practice of federal espionage against the American people is the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court. But the FISA court is run by John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. And whether he has been blackmailed by the Obama Regime as many believe, or is just a typical liberal masquerading as a conservative, Roberts is unlikely to deny the federal government any of the information it desires.
Americans would have never known the scope of phone data
collection by the NSA were it not for Edward Snowden, the former CIA agent who leaked information concerning the criminal activities of the Obama Regime and its spies in the NSA. A petition demanding a pardon for Snowden, containing some 160,000 signatures, has been ignored by the White House.
Time now for a quiz. The large scale collection of phone metadata started 5 years ago. Who was the President?