Mark Warner Confirms USA Freedumber Expands Surveillance

The Senate Intelligence Committee is in the middle of its Snowden Day hearing on the USA Freedumber Act. I’ll have more to say about it later (spoiler alert: the hearing has proven that the overseers don’t understand the program they’re currently overseeing).

The highlight was, surprisingly, when Mark Warner questioned the government witnesses.

Warner (who used to be a telecom mogul) got the government witnesses to concede to two key points.

First, Warner noted that under the new scheme, every telecom would be subject to government requests. As a result, he said, “On factual basis, the number of calls scrutinized universe will be exponentially larger.” Deputy Attorney General James Cole at first tried to prevaricate. But then admitted that more records would be exposed.

Then, Warner noted that telecoms have to keep cell location, and that the current Section 215 program does not obtain cell location. He asked if the NSA could use or obtain cell location going forward. Cole did not deny that; he admitted that sometimes it is very helpful.

Thanks to Mark Warner for getting these two details on the record, as I have been arguing both were true, but now can confirm they are.

 

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emptywheel Also, I'd like to see a tech-off between "this fella" (@ashk4n) and Michael Hayden. http://t.co/BdDhiGvCIF
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emptywheel @kansasalps Wow. When govt arguable engaged in criminal obstruction to over up Hayden's own crimes. @ashk4n
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emptywheel @areasonablefee Yes. As I said, reason to believe they did some spying for the US to avoid criminal charges. But still defecting! @KagroX
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bmaz RT @emptywheel: US once (at least once?) staged a coup for Chiquita. Now the banana co is defecting from the country. http://t.co/uKpn66hdS1
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bmaz @sahilkapur @NateSilver538 @Nate_Cohn For accurate prediction on that, I'd ask Sam Wang.
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bmaz @DLind Think people are swarming Jon for his autograph now!
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emptywheel @onekade Got new language on that today. It's batshit. @csoghoian
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bmaz @BuzzFeedAndrew Well, sure, but Peter King is a blithering idiot.
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emptywheel @csoghoian Given that under USAF nothing in an email will be considered evidence of US location, it may be necessary. @onekade
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bmaz RT @AP_Oddities: Nebraska trucker takes lost bull mastiff on a 1,380-mile trip back to her owners in Arizona: http://t.co/mzthGIXK3j #odd
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bmaz @ScottGreenfield @LilianaSegura Wife got some "organic wine" last night. Seriously, isn't all wine "organic"? WTF?
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bmaz @ScottGreenfield @LilianaSegura This why I continue to fascinate you Scott! We shall thank each other for mutuol fascination w/wine someday!
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