Washington Examiner: The NSA stopped collecting bulk phone data, and nothing bad happened by Dan King:
Civil liberties activists have long argued that bulk collection of Americans’ phone records doesn’t make us any safer. Now, we’ve got pretty clear evidence that’s the case.
Luke Murry, an adviser to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told the Lawfare Podcast on Saturday that for the last six months the Trump administration “hasn’t actually been using” the phone record collection program authorized by the 2015 USA FREEDOM Act. He added that he’s unsure if the administration will ask Congress to reauthorize this program at the end of the year.
If Murry is telling the truth about the administration’s non-use of the phone metadata collection program, then it’s even more obvious proof that such a program does more to damage civil liberties than it does to protect national security. Clearly, the administration shouldn’t ask Congress to reauthorize this program.