Intelligence Agency Attys Defend Retention Of Phone Data

Law360, New York (November 4, 2013, 5:41 PM EST) -- Senior national security lawyers at a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board hearing on Monday argued that U.S. telephone surveillance programs should not be shut down, saying the government's counter-terrorism efforts would be significantly impeded without the current scale of collection of metadata.

At the public hearing — which was convened to assess the NSA surveillance program authorized by Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act and Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act — the lawyers said that the telephone records collected are valuable...
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