US privacy board dissenters defend balancing act of NSA surveillance

Not every member of the US government’s independent privacy board signed on to its scathing Thursday report finding that bulk collection of US phone records is illegal and ought to end.The dissenting minority, who cautiously embraced the practice, presented a defense of mass surveillance that was far more sophisticated and intellectually honest than the one presented until recently by the National Security Agency in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations.

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