Now that we know beyond doubt how The Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act are being used to collect every type of data on innocent citizens, what should be done? For Switzerland’s Suedostschweiz, columnist Thomas J. Spang has a suggestion for president Obama: stop using them.
For Suedostschweiz, Thomas J. Spang starts off this way:
A secret court order has exploded on the public mind. Its unveiling by the Guardian shocks, because a president, who as a candidate for the White House loudly and repeatedly criticized the “Patriot Act” and the “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,” has pursued all of their relevant provisions. With this apparent reversal, Obama again disappointed his most loyal supporters. Another “scandal” arises from the fact that Americans have suddenly realized what these security and anti-terrorism laws make possible. Snooping on innocent citizens is legal in the U.S., as long as they are approved by a specially-created secret court. It seems plausible to assume that the NSA has long been collecting phone data.
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