A Government Accountability Office review raises concerns about plans for domestic satellite surveillance, the Wall Street Journal reports, but Homeland Security will proceed anyway. A bill allows the agency to provide satellite imagery for emergency and scientific purposes, but could be expanded to include surveillance and border control. The department has no way to prevent abuse of the data.
Congressional Democrats have said the program needs to safeguard against such violations, and are hoping to freeze funding until the legal issues are worked out. But an agency spokeswoman says that because the GAO didn't say the program violates any laws, the agency concluded it is perfectly legal.