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Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize NSA Snooping on Calls, Texts

•, by Jason Ditz

But just because they aren't even using the program, and have openly conceded it was both of "limited" value and ripe for abuse, outgoing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has issued a letter to Congress urging them to not only reauthorize the surveillance, but to do so on a permanent basis. 

Coats concedes all the knocks against the program in his letter, but argued that it is conceivable that at some undefined point in the future technology might make it cheaper and simpler to wholesale surveil the public, and argues that they might as well get the authorization now rather than worry about it at that later date. 

Which is all but admitting that the plan is to abuse this authority somewhere down the road, and that they are using the program's current non-use as a way to argue that it isn't a current threat. By the time it becomes a threat again, the argument will likely be tat it's an "old" law.