“We have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the telephone records program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation,” said the report.
Federal Civil Liberties Board To Issue Scathing Condemnation Of Bulk Metadata Program And The Bogus Defenses Of It
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January 23, 2014

Via Techdirt:

We noted a week ago that it seemed odd that President Obama was announcing his (mostly cosmetic) reforms for the intelligence community a week or so before the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) had a chance to weigh in. As we noted, the PCLOB is the government organization that should be looking into this issue. The PCLOB had briefed the President a week or so earlier, and that may explain why he sought to get his speech out before their report came out: the report, to be released later today, clearly states that the NSA's bulk metadata collection program is illegal and shou...

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