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[] Hayden: soll NSA auch _in_ den USA abhören?,

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Betreff: FC: The Echelonization of America: NSA to spy domestically?
Datum: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 22:30:43 -0400
Von: Declan McCullagh <declan -!
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The head of the National Security Agency said last week that Congress
want to aim the most powerful surveillance system in the world at

Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden, in a rare public appearance before the Senate 
Intelligence committee, said the ongoing terrorist threat means America 
needs to debate where to draw the line between foreign and domestic 
surveillance. Currently the NSA is prohibited from spying domestically.

Here's an excerpt:

"Where do we draw the line between the government's need for 
(counter-terrorism) information about people in the United States and
privacy interests of people located in the United States? This
affects the focus of NSA's activities, foreign versus domestic... the
of data NSA is permitted to collect and how, and the rules under which
retains and disseminates information about U.S. persons."

Until the 1970s, when the Senate's Church Committee revealed what had
going on in secret, the CIA and the NSA conducted illegal surveillance
American citizens. In response, Congress enacted a series of reforms, 
notably the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

"These are serious issues that the country addressed, and resolved to
its satisfaction, once before in the mid-1970's," Hayden said. "In light
the events of September 11th, it is appropriate that we, as a country, 
readdress them. We need to get it right."



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