Both Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union came forward today to support a report decrying both the NSA's broad scope of operations as well as Obama's policy of locking up whistleblowers. This combination, they say, is infringing on confidentiality not just between reporters and their subjects but even up to lawyers and their criminal defendants. Both activist groups called for greater transparency regarding the methods of collecting, storing, and analyzing citizens' data.
ABC reporter Brian Ross, one of the 46 journalists, 42 lawyers, and assorted security professionals who presented the anti-surveillance report, mentioned that he now begins phone conversations with the phrase, "I'm a U.S. citizen, are you?" This is due to laws (though many are currently up for debate) restricting the unfettered surveillance of Americans. However the government maintains all of their watchdoggery is for "national security", and their constant worries about letting classified information leak have grown undeniably overbearing. Hopefully thanks to this report, those that monitor our calls will soon be getting called out.
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