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President Obama and NSA surveillance at a nexus

Yesterday, Friday Jan. 17, 2014 President Obama laid out a plan to limit some NSA surveillance programs as seen in the attached Reuters News video. In the analysis by The Times Minute video Mr. Obama is seen in a state of transition regarding the proposed limitations. A boundary condition of this forming nexus is the implication (by the President) that Section 215 (see The Patriot Act) will be limited or eliminated. But that may be only where it concerns the "bulk metadata" program. Your phone, smartphone and device communication patterns may be moved out of play.

U.S. President Barack Obama walks away after speaking about the National Security Agency (NSA) at the Justice Department, on January 17, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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The big problem is another boundary of this nexus - partially created by Mr. Obama's NSA surveillance speech. The collected data still requires housing - and just who or what is going to store that mini-universe of data? The nexus probably loops around the Utah Data Center - otherwise known as the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center. The Data Center is proudly displayed on the internet - out in the "open" - by the Domestic Surveillance Directorate. Being the largest data center and with a cost of approximately "$1.5 billion" (and rising) it seems very likely that the call providers will approve storing your data there.

Money, patriotism and the "war against terrorism" seem likely to trump your privacy and civil rights. Some of this was discussed in The Examiner article "About the recently released NSA report". Thanks to The Times Minute video and other alert media sources the report ("Liberty and Security in a Changing World") won't be forgotten. But the nexus of civil rights and personal privacy may be overshadowed by the need to cover the cost overruns of The Data Center and bulk metadata storage.

About the same time as the last report a U. S. judge questioned the constitutionality of the program under the Fourth Amendment. But where the internet, metadata, President Obama and the NSA are concerned big corporations "represent the biggest fold in this nexus". The internet is expected to change profoundly under "zero net neutrality". For a glimpse of the corporate internet future link to this Huffington Post Live video report. The zero-net-neutrality net will have a lot to lose from terrorist threats and will probably cast a huge corporate security dragnet. At that nexus the NSA may find itself without a perch in that enormous web.