Experts on the NSA’s history of abuses: There they go again

Jennifer Urban’s Samuelson Clinic brief cited in The Atlantic, November 21, 2013

“Recent surveillance activities, and the executive’s justifications for them, share core features with surveillance programs that operated from the 1930s into the 1970s,” they write. “These features include: expansion of surveillance programs beyond their original purpose; a tendency to collect as much information as possible, with the result that surveillance expands as technology advances; and a preoccupation with secrecy that thwarts an effective evaluation of these programs’ effectiveness or legality.”