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View Diary: Bipartisan group of senators introduce bill to declassify FISA court opinions (89 comments)

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  •  Now, this makes sense to me. (11+ / 0-)

    I'm conflicted on this issue and have been a little put off by the absolute positions this issue brings out.  Clearly, the government should not be able to have access to all communications metadata or be able to use it without probable cause.  Clearly, the process which determines probable cause cannot be walled off from society and be without public oversight.  The sheer volume and nature of metadata means that businesses and governments already can get this information, so we'd better have systems in place to regulate its use and punish its abuse.  Simply banning government access to metadata is not going to work. The information is collected, it's out there, and it's simply part of the environment. There needs to be independent and transparent oversight on how its used.  This seems like an obvious first step.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 08:30:45 AM PDT

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