Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is not a part of the judicial system and is not "some judges".
True. But maybe the article just chose poor links, because federal judge Richard Leon ruled that bulk phone record collection is illegal.
you want to destroy a representation of the records, but keep them in storage somewhere?
I was more imagining the records fashioned into a Wicker Man style construction, with Clapper, Alexandar et al as the soft centre. I'd be tempted to do some chanting and dancing around that
The important story here is not that there's more secret surveillance, it's that the Independent claims that the story is based on materials from Snowden, and he and the Guardian flat-out deny that. The obvious implication is that the UK government itself "leaked" the material to the Independent, to create an appearance of potential danger to people arising from "the Snowden disclosures", a type of release that Snowden and the Guardian have strenuously avoided.
EU nations have managed to put up a full service light rail system connecting all your major cities, in an area about as large as the five boroughs of NYC.
The area of NYC is somewhere between 650 sq.km and 950 sq.km, depending on how you measure. There are 44 European countries larger than 1000 sq.km - NYC is only larger than Andorra, Malta, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Monaco and Vatican City. Even the 44th largest on the list, Luxembourg, is more than two and a half times bigger than NYC.
I think the nearest equivalent would be a D-Notice
Everybody knows what the outcome will be before the vote is taken
That may be ordinarily true, but the fact that the White House vocalised opposition In an emergency statement on Tuesday, and the NSA director spent four hours lobbying Congress behind closed doors, shows how worried the authorities were about this amendment.