A former member of President Obama’s National Security Agency review committee said there is no significant value in mass surveillance programs.
University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone spoke at the Constitutional Law University Law School on the failures of the surveillance programs revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The Des Moines Register reports that Stone said the committee was not tasked with judging the legality of the programs but whether or not the programs were effective and necessary. The final report from the committee found possible potential value in the programs but admitted they have not helped in preventing planned terrorist attacks.
A January 2014 analysis of 225 terrorism cases inside the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks found that the bulk collection of phone records by the NSA “has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism.” The study by the New America Foundation found that traditional law enforcement and investigative methods were used in most of the cases and the monitoring did little to help.
Why are we allowing the authorities to continue to steal our money and funnel the funds into militarization of the police, surveillance programs and global war?
When are we going to stand up and create the change?