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Saturday, November 28, 2015

NSA Ends Bulk Phone Surveillance


November is almost over. There’s no denying that it’s been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month. But at least it’s ending on a good note: the NSA has ended its mass surveillance of bulk phone metadata.

Obviously, this is not the end of Big Brother. He’s still going to be watching us, but at least his gaze will be somwhat restricted. Under the Freedom Act, the NSA “must now get a court order to ask telecommunications companies…to enable monitoring of call records.”

And obviously, Edward Snowden remains on the lam. Funny how Obama will pardon a turkey that will only end up dying days later, but he won’t bother pardoning actual whistleblowers like Snowden or Chelsea Manning.

But, hey, at least it’s some good news—and Celestia knows that we need it in light of all the crazy s*** that’s happened this month, from the Paris attacks, to mosque threats, to the BLM shootings, and now the recent Planned Parenthood shooting. The world may be going insane, but at least it hasn’t gone completely insane!