After public hue and outcry about the NSA collecting metadata of Americans without warrants, now President Barack Obama will now demand that private communications companies hold the information for six months (at whose expense? ) and the government will then use secret courts to access the information. But wait, there will be an independent board to rubber stamp the rubber stamps of the FISA court.
What about the $2 billion 100,000 square foot NSA data center that recently opened near Bluffton, Utah (a.k.a. Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center).
|NSA Data Center, Camp Williams, Bluffdale, Utah|
Is that now a white elephant or will it continue as a black operation? Let me guess, the facility will supposedly be mothballed and the federal government will funnel communications companies money for the privately held data centers.
Time will tell if Mr. Obama's long winded remarks on domestic spying pans out to any real reforms. The Obama Administration claims that the NSA program has saved lives, but no specifics were cited. But we can point to egregious instances which the government dropped the ball (e.g. the Tsarnaev Brothers who conducted the Boston Marathon bombing). Of course, Attorney General Eric Holder instructed the Department of Justice to expand the definition of "racial profiling" to include religion, even in national security cases. So GIGO--Garbage In, Garbage Out.
It seems like it is just the Audacity of Snoop.