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Obama’s Hegelian Deception: NSA ‘Overhaul’ Forces Telecoms to Collect More Data

21st Century Wire says…

In the new American Stasi States, it’s been imperative for White House technocrats to ‘never let a good crisis go to waste’. Instead of repealing the unconstitutional Patriot Acts (these legally enable illegal gov’t practices), the public outrage over the NSA’s rape of 4th Amendment privacy rights has been used by President Barack Obama to order the siezure of even more of our metadata.

Even better now, instead of the NSA collecting and storing up to 30% of our phone records and communications, Obama has ordered that US telecoms firms store ALL of our data, and will come calling when they want it. Very clever.

In other words, the whole operation has just gone “more corporate” now. More fascist.

The devil is in the detail…

MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO: Obama follows orders, maintains the integrity of the American Stasi he helped build up.

Telecoms could be forced to collect even more metadata under Obama’s NSA overhaul


An effort from the White House to revamp the rules that govern how the National Security Agency goes about getting telephone data may actually force service providers to start logging more records that they do now, a new report suggests.

Government and industry sources in the United States say that the NSA has been collecting only a fraction of the so-called metadata it’s allowed to acquire under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Reuters reported this week, and that the systems used by telecommunication companies to create those records rarely capture all the details they could be.

Last month, US President Barack Obama said his administration had settled on a plan that, if approved by Congress, would no longer allow the NSA to regularly collect the metadata pertaining to millions of Americans without first getting authorization on an individual basis. Currently, Section 215 of the US PATRIOT Act is interpreted in a way that allows the NSA to compel telecoms for metadata without making a case against intelligence targets, but Pres. Obama’s new proposal would make it so that the telephone companies would create and keep those records for themselves unless they’re specifically requested by intel officials and approved of by the FISA court.

According to Reuters’ sources, however, telecoms aren’t recording as much metadata as many Americans think. Although secret documents leaked to the media last year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA was compelling telecoms for those call records, sources say telephone service providers seldom log all the data that the government wants them to.

An industry source told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the systems used by telecoms to log records are “complex,” but added, “I doubt there are companies out there that have a nice, neat, single database that can tell you how long records are kept universally.”

Another source identified only as being a former senior US official also suggested to Reuters that fewer records are being kept on account of the growing popularity of unlimited-calling plans offered by telecoms, the likes of which often don’t involve billing customers for individual calls. Without individual calls being billed, some companies may not be logging conversation-specific metadata.

The change in the nature of billing data means that there’s a lot less such data than there used to be,” Stewart Baker, a former senior official at both the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security, told Reuters.

Both the industry source and the unnamed former government official, the Reuters report continued, said the NSA has been collecting only 25 percent to one-third of the total US metadata that it is authorized to collect. Obama’s new plan would relinquish the agency from holding onto any of that information, but would instead require the telecoms to make more detailed logs.

It strips from us the ability to make business decisions as the technology evolves,” the industry source told Reuters journalists Mark Hosenball and Alina Selyukh. “It would cause us to continue to collect stuff that we don’t need,” they said.

Currently, the US Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, requires telecoms to retain for 18 months the records on “toll,” or long-distance calls, Reuters reported.

Will the reconstituted program retain equal efficiency in acquiring and analyzing the data as the current program?” Carrie Cordero, the director of National Security Studies at Georgetown University Law Center, asked on the Lawfareblog this week. “This is a big question, with a very unclear answer from where we sit today. Currently, it is impossible to tell, but also hard to imagine that it will. What we do know is that communications companies are in the business of providing communications services. And while they will respond to lawful legal process, they are not inherently suited to perform, nor are they interested in dramatically changing their business model to facilitate, intelligence collection and analysis.”

Last week, the executive vice president for public policy at Verizon wrote on the telecom’s own blog that the company will of course compel with future requests for call records from the government, but added that he believed “companies should not be required to create, analyze or retain records for reasons other than business purposes.”

Under the White House’s plan, telecoms “would be compelled by court order to provide technical assistance to ensure that the records can be queried and that results are transmitted to the government in a usable format and in a timely manner.”

Pres. Obama has asked Congress to draft and approve legislation that adheres to that provision and others announced last month by his administration.

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  • Clevey77

    “Hegelian” Is this president fallowing in the steps of our most recent presidents? What is the common denominator that effects their actions? What is the government by the government, for the government doing for the people? The subjective matter relevant to the hypothesis and the power of kings seems to be in play as we are encapsulated within the paradigm of the supreme power of rule!…….Who truly is ruling the compass of the dreamscape of North America and the United States?, or the World? There is so much commentary of thoughtful speculation, it boggles the mind! Thus the common consensus of confusion and delusion sets the stage for what we have now! It’s OK to disregard the Constitution and the rights of the people…where is the rule of law in the free for all? Will we right the compass of rule of law?> or will the fascist state be the overwhelming continuance of plundering the imaginary rights of the “Great Society”? Having an opinion is a needful start to the dialog of stately pursuits of the imaginary freedoms we have been taught to believe, but knowing they really exist is far from the scope of the common conciseness as it is portrayed by the media and the illusion of freedom it is suppose to represent. Obama is just another player in the fascist mafias cartel of endless mazes of confusion and sadly we are being Sheppard by the wolves of the state, and the henchman of prophetic fate. The combined power of the kinetic energy of the realm, produced by the locomotive of the benevolent elite, is set in stone as fare as the eye can see. A friend once said “getting religion out of politics is our only hope” if we are to survive as a nation. The semitic metaphor for all myth, is the blindness it creates by the false illusion it creates…………….!!!!