This is why the ‘end of NSA spying‘ was such a joke. You can’t impose restrictions on an agency that has no oversight and is answerable to no one. Even if their hand was forced, they will find another way or duties will be passed on to another agency such as the DEA, which has already been spying on millions of cars and tapping phone lines of even non-suspects for decades.
WASHINGTON — Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency‘s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified N.S.A. documents.
In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad — including traffic that flows to suspicious Internet addresses or contains malware, the documents show. Continue reading