Former State Department employee reveals spying on Americans by executive order

In the first place, there was NO SUCH THING as “meta-data” in 1981. It and content of data communications DID NOT EXIST as we know it today. in 1979 the first real PCs were available (Apple ][ computers), TI 99 and Atari. There was no email (as we know it today – we did email on a VMS system within the Agency where I worked, by the way for Ronald Reagan). In the second place, Reagan NEVER envisioned spying on citizens. That is merely a loophole that others “discovered”. This is why “Executive Orders” SHOULD BE SUSPECT EVERY TIME ONE IS SIGNED!

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“President Ronald Reagan enacted Executive Order 12333 in 1981. The order was aimed at providing a lax legal standard for the collection of communication content —not just metadata such as call logs—of US citizens, as long as the communication was not obtained within the United States.”

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