Obama Plan Would End NSA Bulk Data Collection, reads the headline from the New York Post. That sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
The sad truth is that the new Obama plan would not end NSA bulk data collection.
The Obama plan would end only a small part of the NSA electronic surveillance deployed against Americans – the collection of telephone metadata.
The Obama plan would not end NSA surveillance of our emails, and of other Internet activity, would continue. Cooperation with foreign government programs to spy on Americans, to help them do things like use Americans’ webcams to seize videos of them chatting naked in front of their computers, would continue.
The NSA has done much, much more than merely collect telephone metadata. The Obama plan is counting on Americans not to remember that.
Furthermore, the Obama plan involves submitting legislation to Congress that the Obama White House is confident Congress will not approve. So, the Obama plan involves proposing a plan, and then watching it die, changing nothing.