Executive Panel Finds NSA Metadata Collection Illegal
An executive review panel says the NSA's phone metadata collection program has no appreciable impact on counterterrorism and raises privacy concerns.By Evan Thomas | January 23, 2014
An independent analysis panel within the U.S. government's executive branch has found the NSA's phone metadata collection program is illegal and should be shut down.
In its report, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board says the Patriot Act doesn't support such a wide-ranging dragnet program. The panel claims it encroaches on civil liberties and found no evidence the program ever influenced any counterterrorism investigations.
"Moreover, we are aware of no instance in which the program directly contributed to the discovery of a previously unknown terrorist plot or the disruption of a terrorist attack." (Via The Washington Post)