President Obama’s citizen spies are back in business after he renewed the controversial civil spy program that’s been scrutinized in recent years. Here’s an excerpt from The Hill:
The Obama administration announced on Monday that it has renewed a controversial spying program that would have been ended under legislation that was blocked by a Senate filibuster.
The move came amid opposition from critics of the National Security Agency’s program; they have urged President Obama to abandon the controversial phone records program on his own, since the reform bill failed in Congress two weeks ago.
“Given that legislation has not yet been enacted, and given the importance of maintaining the capabilities of the telephony metadata program, the government has sought a 90-day reauthorization of the existing program, as modified by the changes the president directed in January,” the Justice Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a joint statement.