To the NSA: No, You Can't.
For starters, the NSA has been dealt a legal punch in the face with U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruling that the NSA’s own phone data as unconstitutional. However, Leon gave the ruling an additional “pending appeal” which allows time for the United States government to fight on the ruling. This has been the first big defeat for the NSA since the Edward Snowden whistle-blowing. Snowden himself had made statements about the ruling as he attempts to seek asylum in Brazil. He said late Monday “I acted on my belief that the NSA’s mass surveillance programs would not withstand a constitutional challenge, and that the American public deserved a chance to see these issues determined by open courts.”
The person who led the fight in the courtroom against the NSA is Lawyer and Activist Larry Klayman. Klayman is a conservative lawyer who doubles as a watchdog. He is the founder of Judicial Watch. Klayman is not a fan of Obama.
But despite Klayman and his serious emphasis to being a watchdog, he does have leaders of tech companies agreeing with him (with going against the NSA that is) One particular company who is against what the NSA is doing is Google Executive Eric Schmidt. Although Mr. Schmidt may not like what the NSA does, his company does the same thing, collect information; but not for security purposes, but for advertising purposes. If you surf Google for a while looking for the exact value of your poorly maintained baseball cards with almost each and every one of them having a rip on them, or coffee stains on the others, you’ll soon see ads such as: “We will buy your crappy baseball cards! TOP DOLLAR!”
Opposed to something like this:
‘We know those baseball cards of yours are really coded messages to your terrorist friends. We’re watching you, bitch.’
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Indeed, Google wasn’t the only one who met with the President. Apple, Yahoo, Twitters and about ten more others sat with Obama, Biden and the staff. Almost twenty-four hours after, a 300-page report known as the NSA review panel surfaced. According to page 4 or 5, the report basically started in August 2013. However, one can say that President Obama doesn’t have time to read all 300 pages of this report. However, the main concern of the report is to limit what the NSA does. It seems that Edward Snowden’s efforts are turning around for him.
Russia is also jumping on the NSA bandwagon, but in a different way. According to this article in Russia Today, the Russian government states that they have picked up a document that has the U.S. Government asking Norway’s intelligence to keep an eye on Russia.
- Revealed: Norway spies on Russia for NSA — RT News
Norwegian intelligence cooperated extensively with the US National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on Russian politicians, the country’s energy sector and other ‘civilian targets’ in the country.
In conclusion, with the help of the top tech exec’s, people in general not into the NSA’s doing with thanks to Edward Snowden, and also our friend Larry Klayman (who also isn’t a fan of Don Lemon); there has been some force on Obama to look into putting limits on what the NSA can do.
For now, enjoy Larry Klayman at his finest:
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