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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Restraining NSA, But Not Enough

President Obama announced yesterday that he's pulling the reins on the NSA -- but only a little. Today on my America Weekend show, I spoke with privacy advocate Dan Gillmor of Arizona State University about the changes to the NSA's sweeping collection of telephone data, the burden it may put on phone companies, and the impact it may have on preventing terrorist attacks.

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For more insight into this topic, I recommend reading:
  • A report from the New America Foundation, which says the NSA phone-data mining "has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism."
  • Jacob Sullum on how the mass collection of telephone metadata would not have helped stop a 9/11 hijacker as Obama claims.