According to the Washington Post, a Nation Security Agency (NSA) panel has recommended that the controversial spy program that keeps stockpiles of phone data should be stored by the phone companies or a third party. The report is said to contain over 40 recommendations that also includes rules keeping the NSA from pressuring companies to allow backdoors available in their software. This of course may come from pressure as a recent lawsuit found the NSA spying program that compiles phone records was illegal. The case is pending appeal.
However, contrary to other news reports, the bulk NSA program has not been ended. The panel has no legal authority and is only sending recommendations to the President who then would make the final decision. The whole idea that third parties or phone companies would stockpile data is frightening as well. Given all of the spying revelations of the NSA, these databases would certainly not remain secure. The panel would thereby simply be a political ploy to try and thwart public attention and pressure making the public believe that changes have been made. Americans should demand proof that the unconstitutional practices have ended and that rogue departments of the government would be subject to criminal prosecution for violations. This would not be the first time that the Obama Administration has thrown smoke bombs in an attempt to cover up controversial NSA practices. Americans need to see clear and clean reform that should result in changes in laws and additional protections passed through Congress.