Executive Order 12333 lets NSA unconstitutionally collect Americans' communications<quoted text>How Would A Patriot Act?
by Glenn Greenwald
Working Assets Publishing, 2006, paperback, p93
The Bush administration has in its arsenal one very potent weapon-and one weapon only-which it has repeatedly used: fear ... fear of terrorism, fear of more 9/11-style attacks, fear of nuclear annihilation, fear of our ports being attacked, fear of our ...- and, of course, fear of excessive civil liberties or cumbersome laws jeopardizing our "homeland security."
a former State Department section chief for Internet freedom, took to the Washington Post to warn Americans about illegal surveillance conducted under Executive Order 12333 that “threatens our democracy.” There are, in theory,“built-in protections” against bulk collection of the actual audio portion of Americans’ calls. But bulk collection of phone conversations under Executive Order 12333, issued by President Ronald Reagan in 1981,“contains no such protections for U.S. persons if the collection occurs outside U.S. borders.”