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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:32 PM
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So then, are all those NSA illgotten snooped files subject to FOIA requests?
A scary thought: if Obama is really opening up all the records to be aired out, what about all those gazillions of bytes of data collected by the NSA during the TIA era?
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jkshaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:47 PM
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1. A good, thorn-bristling question ...
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:51 PM
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2. "Top Secret" and "National Security Issues" have been the excuses, to date.
It might be a real fight, but the whole thing is unConstitutional.

I've been wondering if the NSA serves a purpose other than spying on U.S.. Seems to be way too much overlap between CIA and NSA and we can hardly afford two such expensive agencies in these dire times.
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:55 PM
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3. But Obama has reversed the protocol, apparently
saying that rather than to default to rejection of FOIA requests, they should now have to try to find a reason to reject them.

How can they reject a request when most of the data is probably unreviewed? Would this force them to review the data?

Don't they have to defend a designation of "Top Secret" or "National Security"?

If someone puts an FOIA for, let's say, the wiretapped records of, let's say, a certain phone number/email addy, or institution -- on what grounds would the FOIA be rejected??

I honestly don't know how this works, but the Bush crime family sure has opened a can of worms by having the government collect, AND ARCHIVE, all of that data.

Can't just ignore the issue and say it's all in the past -- they are now public records, aren't they?
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:09 PM
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4. Won't they simply claim that such records do not exist?
That's been SOP for a very, very long time. Then, if they do get caught, it's always "Oops, we made an unintentional error."

The ability to end this fascist fuckfest lies with Congress and the WH.
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