Government Privacy Board to Obama: Shut Down NSA Mass Spying Now

An executive-branch privacy watchdog is renewing its call for President Obama to unilaterally end the National Security Agency’s domestic phone records dragnet amid growing uncertainty over Congress’s willingness to reform government surveillance.

The bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued a progress report Thursday charting the administration’s efforts to comply with recommendations it made exactly a year ago to overhaul the NSA’s surveillance apparatus. That stern review last January also deemed the bulk collection of U.S. call data illegal and ineffective at countering terrorist plots— conclusions that prompted the board to urge its dissolution.

You can read more at http://goo.gl/6FsRpY while the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s report may be found at http://www.pclob.gov/library/Recommendations_Assessment-Report.pdf.

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