GT Prof to Testify / Recommend Changes to NSA

Georgia Tech professor Peter Swire, an internationally recognized expert in privacy law, is testifying on Capitol Hill today on recommended changes to the National Security Agency.

Swire was chosen as one of five members of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.

In its 308-page report, there are 46 recommendations for Obama to change the NSA.

Swire and the rest of the intelligence panel found that the NSA’s storage of phone data creates risks to privacy, public trust and civil liberty.

“On the telephone metadata, we say the government should not be monitoring these phone calls going forward. We believe it can transition to where the phone companies that already hold all these phone calls, then the government can touch base if they want the records,” Swire said.

Exit question: If the surveillance is secret, how will we know if the snoopers are following the (new) rules?


  1. Noway says:

    What is everyone’s collective recollection of what the NSA was allowed to do after 911 regarding terrorism? My memory is this: They were allowed to listen in on calls that involved one party being outside the US. Didn’t matter where the call originated. There or here. And there had to be a suspicion that terrorism or some threat the the US was being discussed or considered.
    Back in the day the US listened in on everything overseas and I mean everything with the exceptions being Great Britian, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. We’ve all heard the stories of us hearing Brezhnev talking to his mistress from his limo, that kind of thing. Things like that happened every day. And we spied on France and Germany and other traditional allies, too.
    But when the dishes are turned inward toward are own “regular” citizens without apparent 4th Amendment protections, I get, to quote Lady Thatcher, “a bit wobbly.”

  2. dregstudios says:

    The dystopian fantasies of yesteryear are now a reality. We’ve allowed the coming of an age where the civil liberties our forefathers fought so hard for are being eroded by the day. Freedom of Press, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly are mere ghostly images of their original intent. We’ve woken up to an Orwellian Society of Fear where anyone is at the mercy of being labeled a terrorist for standing up for rights we took for granted just over a decade ago. Read about how we’re waging war against ourselves at

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