WASHINGTON: NSA official cites ‘stop and frisk’ in effort to explain searches of phone records | National Security & Defense | McClatchy DC

By Ali Watkins — McClatchy Washington BureauWASHINGTON — The general counsel of the National Security Agency on Monday compared the agency’s telephone metadata collection program to the highly controversial “stop-and-frisk” practice used by law enforcement officers, saying the agency uses that same standard to choose which phone numbers to query in its database.“It’s effectively the same standard as stop-and-frisk,” Rajesh De said in an attempt to explain the evidentiary use of “reasonable and articulable suspicion” to identify which phone numbers to target from the agency’s huge database of stored cellphone records.De made the comment during a rare hearing of an obscure government body, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which Congress created in 2004 to oversee the government’s expanded intelligence collection operations but which until Monday had never held a substantive hearing.

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  1. Reblogged this on Truth- A Right to Fight For… and commented:
    … So, let’s stop something massively important to those whom are at great risk of being targets of police brutality in because doing two thing at once…well, that’s just absurd! …. ugh!

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