Surprise! NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism

By Radley Balko – This basically formalizes what was already happening under the radar.

We’ve known for a couple of years now that the Drug Enforcement Administration and the IRS were getting information from the NSA.

Because that information was obtained without a warrant, the agencies were instructed to engage in “parallel construction” when explaining to courts and defense attorneys how the information had been obtained.

If you think parallel construction just sounds like a bureaucratically sterilized way of saying big stinking lie, well, you wouldn’t be alone.

It’s all another sobering reminder that any powers we grant to the federal government for the purpose of national security will inevitably be used just about everywhere else.

And extraordinary powers we grant government in wartime rarely go away once the war is over.

And, of course, the nifty thing for government agencies about a “war on terrorism” is that it’s a war that will never formally end. more> https://goo.gl/eZsFoY

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