Friday, May 23, 2014
House pays lip service to limiting NSA
The House of Representatives has passed a bill limiting the ability of the NSA to spy on contents without warrants, but was unwilling to intervene in the way the secret FISA court operates. The Los Angeles Times has a story by Lisa Mascaro here.
The LA Times characterized the surveillance as “dragnet style”, as after the famous TV program with Jack Webb from the 1950s (and at least one film, which my parents let me see alone). “It was warm in Los Angeles…”
Technology companies are concerned that that the “selection criteria” for searches still can be very broad.
Tyler Hurden, of Zero Hedge, called the bill “gutted beyond recognition”, link here.
I don’t think this changes much of anything.