An Advance For Privacy

The Obama administration has decided to shut down the National Applications Office at the Department of Homeland Security, which allowed federal law enforcement agencies access to Defense Department satellites for surveillance and other domestic law enforcement activities. Now, only FEMA and the Department of Interior will get access to the imagery, and only for emergencies and routine mapping purposes. 

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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