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  •  He'll need Congress to do something (1+ / 0-)
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    TomP

    and they actually might.

    Reps Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger have apparently agreed on ending bulk data collection. Details will matter, and especially if Boehner will allow a vote.

    link.

    •  Why is that? (0+ / 0-)

      The NSA is an Executive Branch office. The Legislature is not supposed to have any say in its operations. Obama seems to have forgotten that, for some reason . . .

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 11:46:22 AM PDT

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      •  I'd actually prefer if Congress acted (2+ / 0-)
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        I mean, you may be right, he can do it on his own, but I think a Congressional bill would codify the changes, making it more difficult for a future president to act unilaterally.  

      •  bryduck, congress, the executive and the FISA (0+ / 0-)

        courts have NSA oversight.

        •  Hmm; it sounds squishier than you might think. (0+ / 0-)

          The NSA admits to oversight itself, but out of the many, many bodies it cites there, only two are from the Legislature (one House each) and one from the Courts, but the language only says that that body "help[s] ensure" the NSA adheres to the law. I guess that may simply be legalese, and the oversight is binding . . .
          I don't doubt you all, but I also wouldn't be surprised to find out that the non-Executive bodies are advisory only. In any case, that blurb does not say that the NSA can be regulated by Congress or the Courts, in the sense that those external bodies can alter its operations or powers (unless they violate existing laws and regs.)

          "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

          by bryduck on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 03:45:45 PM PDT

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