UN human rights report criticizes US on surveillance, drone use, and torture

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has issued a report critical of the United States’ stance and history on a wide range of issues, including surveillance, drone use, and torture. The report, one in an infrequently issued series by the committee, expressed concern over the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone records as well as the programs PRISM and UPSTREAM, which collect internet communications directly from companies and through the fiber-optic cables used to carry internet traffic, respectively. It also criticized the United States’ use of a secret court to handle surveillance matters, “thus not allowing affected persons to know the law with sufficient precision,” it writes.

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