[Ellen Nakashima reporting on a secret (now-not-secret) court ruling expanding NSA powers]:
> Together the permission to search and to keep data longer expanded the NSA’s authority in significant ways without public debate or any specific authority from Congress. The administration’s assurances rely on legalistic definitions of the term “target” that can be at odds with ordinary English usage. The enlarged authority is part of a fundamental shift in the government’s approach to surveillance: collecting first, and protecting Americans’ privacy later.
Gee, wonder why this wasn’t debated in congress.
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