Obama Expands Surveillance Powers on His Way Out

January 13th, 2017

Via: Electronic Frontier Foundation:

With mere days left before President-elect Donald Trump takes the White House, President Barack Obama’s administration just finalized rules to make it easier for the nation’s intelligence agencies to share unfiltered information about innocent people.

New rules issued by the Obama administration under Executive Order 12333 will let the NSA—which collects information under that authority with little oversight, transparency, or concern for privacy—share the raw streams of communications it intercepts directly with agencies including the FBI, the DEA, and the Department of Homeland Security, according to a report today by the New York Times.

3 Responses to “Obama Expands Surveillance Powers on His Way Out”

  1. Duros Says:

    Change we can believe in. It’s been a long, twisted 8 years.

    “War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength”

  2. Dennis Says:

    If my understanding of Snowden and Five Eyes is correct, that list is waaay too short:

    …share the raw streams of communications it intercepts directly with agencies including…

    SIS, GCSB (NZ); CSIS, CSE, etc. (Canada); ASIS, ASIO, etc. (Australia); M16, GCHQ, etc. (UK).

    …or is it Four & A Half Eyes now?

    https://theintercept.com/2016/01/28/canada-cuts-off-some-intelligence-sharing-with-u-s-out-of-fear-for-canadians-privacy/

  3. Dennis Says:

    Yes, I know it’s a bit awkward, but with all the hoo-hah at the moment we can slip it in quietly. We had something planned for shortly after Hillary was in to help it through, but now we have this fly in the ointment. Better to do it now, just in case.

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