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Why ending metadata collection is ‘privacy theater’

In this excerpt from testimony before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, former NSA general counsel and former Homeland Security assistant secretary Stewart Baker explains why the government’s bulk collection of phone records is legal and necessary.

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