Obama in awkward spot after privacy board calls NSA snooping illegal

    Date24 Jan 2014
    CategoryPrivacy
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    A report Thursday by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) calling the National Security Agency's bulk phone records collection program illegal and mostly useless puts the Obama Administration in an awkward spot. Less than a week ago, President Obama had described the program as vital to the NSA's anti-terror effort. In a speech announcing modest changes to the program, the President had acknowledged privacy and civil rights concerns that have been raised over the collection of phone metadata records on U.S. residents.
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