PRISM is legal, says panel that bashed NSA phone spying
Unsurprisingly, civil liberties groups are unpleased with the report. "If the Board's last report on the bulk collection of phone records was a bombshell, this one is a dud," said Kevin Bankston of the Open Technology Institute. "As we know from documents released by the NSA earlier this week, government agents are searching through the data they've acquired through this surveillance authority ... tens of thousands of times a year without having to get a warrant first." The Electronic Frontier Foundation says that "the board focuses only on the government's methods for searching and filtering out unwanted information. This ignores the fact that the government is collecting and searching through the content of millions of emails, social networking posts, and other internet communications." Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Dean Heller (R-NV) have also criticized another recent report from the intelligence community, calling it "a far cry from the kind of transparency that the American people demand and deserve."