OK, the NPP is terrific, but we’re still getting nowhere fast on stopping the excesses of the prior administration’s privacy intrusions:
As a Senator, Obama favored raising the standard for issuing an NSL to require a link between the records sought and a terrorist, spy, or other agent of a foreign power. Yet the Obama Administration opposed an even weaker standard – one that would require that the government draft an internal statement of “specific and articulable facts” showing that the information sought was somehow relevant to an investigation. Instead, according to the deliberations of the Judiciary Committee, the Administration favored a mere relevance standard…As Senator, Obama supported an amendment to raise the standard for issuing a Section 215 order to require a link between the records sought and a terrorist, spy, or other agent of a foreign power. The Obama Administration opposed this very change to the PATRIOT Act, dooming its prospects in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The piece is from Leslie Harris, over at HuffPost; please read the whole thing. It’s worth it.
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