US intelligence chief asks public to blindly trust that the government respects civil liberties


How does the US government respond to allegations that the NSA records details about every telephone call in the United States, and has access to vast amounts of data from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple and AOL servers? US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has released two statements defending the data collection by suggesting that these actions are wholly legal, and that the government has many procedures in place limiting how the data can be accessed.

The full statements, which you can read here and here, primarily argue that this is all legal, its components already signed into law, and that the programs can only target people who aren’t US citizens or those who are likely to be terrorists. With regards to…

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