NEW YORK — A former senior lawyer for the National Security Agency has called plans to force visitors to the US to turn over contacts lists, browsing histories, and social media data “tremendously intrusive” and “grossly overbroad.” April Doss, former associate general counsel for intelligence law at the National Security Agency, argued in a phone call that such a move would almost certainly be unlawful. A second former NSA lawyer, Susan Hennessey, appeared to concur. In a tweet, she said that “when April said something violated the law, that was the end of discussion.” CNN reported Sunday that White House policy director Stephen Miller said Trump administration officials are “discussing the possibility of asking foreign visitors to disclose all websites and social media sites they visit, and to share the contacts in their cell phones.” Miller added that foreign visitors who decline to share that information could be denied entry, but sources said that the idea was at a preliminary discussion level. “It defies belief to my way of thinking that web browsing histories and contacts list of every person who wants to enter the US on a visit could possibly have intelligence value,” said Doss. “Grossly overbroad” News of… Read full this story
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