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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bmaz @randiego2 Hey, I missed your new avatar! @joanneleon @SenSanders @guardian
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emptywheel It's also clear from these AG reports that NSA got loosey goosey abt what terrorists were included, which I guess is how Iraq got included.
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emptywheel NSA's AGC said Stellar Wind was legal on 10/9/01. He was read into the program on 10/11/01. https://t.co/RoQrzWlltJ http://t.co/uvogNYIzIL
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bmaz RT @joanneleon: Maybe that Congressional office Downton Abbey decor was more apt than anyone in the public or media realized https://t.co/p
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bmaz Fascinating history-----> How Photography Was Optimized for White Skin Color http://t.co/tlGZQfc4MC via
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emptywheel NSA's Associate General Counsel declared Stellar Wind legal 2 days before he was cleared into the program. #FowardLooking
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bmaz And, yet, the public and most media framing on all three issues appears mostly unmoved https://t.co/Bsp56rszbi
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emptywheel @jhamby But a genius religion to be co-spread with late capitalism.
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bmaz Has the Red Carpet started for the #NerdProm bacchanal yet? Readers and viewers don't want to miss a minute of access journo+source incest!
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emptywheel @TedLott You've been busted. Lots of matching running suits and strollers? @nickmanes1
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emptywheel In Newly Released IG Reports, Administration Redacted Discussion of the Bill Binney Option https://t.co/qv9VIP4osY
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