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Secret court approves Obama’s limits on NSA phone record collection

07
Feb
2014

The secret FISA court has approved two of President Barack Obamas proposed changes to how the NSA can use its collection of American phone records. While many of Obamas suggestions will take months to implement, if they go into effect at all, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper wrote yesterday that the court had agreed to two immediate limits. Except in cases of true emergency, every use of the database — which includes metadata like calling history for virtually all American phone numbers — will now have to be approved beforehand by the FISA court on the basis of a reasonable, articulable suspicion that the search criteria is tied to a known terrorist organization. These changes were the most obvious and immediate proposals in Obamas speech, much of which was devoted to plans that either relied on Congressional action or would require a long period of examination by intelligence agencies.

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