if you want to know ‘the rest of the story’ behind section 215, and the patriot act, go to emptywheel

Seriously.

We’re told what to think, and how to act by the talking heads on teh teevee, and to just leave the grown up thinking to the “serious people” while they (Democrats and Republicans) destroy the Bill of Rights.

if you want an idea of what’s really going on, start here

DOJ IG Report Confirms Government Flouted Statutory Requirements of Section 215 for 7 Years

For over a year, Congress has been working on a “reform” to Section 215 that it claims will rein in abusive government spying.

Also for about a year, DOJ’s Inspector General has been trying to release a Report on Section 215 use up to 2009. That investigation first began 1,800 days ago.

DOJ has finally managed to release the report.

It confirms a number of things I have been reporting for years: that the government uses the provision to collect records that have nothing to do with phone records in bulk, the majority of which are now Internet records, definitely including URLs and probably including subject lines.

But the takeaway report is something else I’ve been reporting on for some time.

The government completely blew off a requirement imposed with the 2006 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization that the FBI (which is the only agency that’s supposed to use Section 215) adopt minimization procedures specifically for Section 215.

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https://www.emptywheel.net/2015/05/21/doj-ig-report-confirms-government-flouted-statutory-requirements-of-section-215-for-7-years/

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