Obama called for reforms to the N.S.A.’s spying program while denying that such suggestions were in response to the leaks from Snowden. Several specific suggestions were proposed, including making F.I.S.A. courts adversarial, releasing some of the legal justifications used in F.I.S.A. courts, unspecified overhauls to the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, and the creation of a task force designed to advise the government about privacy and security concerns.
Does Obama have any credibility in this? Would reforms have been proposed absent Snowden’s leaks? More importantly, will there be real reforms and will they protect both our safety and our fundamental rights?
The Wall Street Journal, Obama Proposes Surveillance-Policy Overhaul: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324522504579002653564348842.html?mod=WSJ_hps_LEFTTopStories
The Atlantic Wire, Obama’s New 3-Point Plan to Defend the NSA Is Full of the Same Old Excuses: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/06/obama-charlie-rose-interview-nsa/66325/
MSNBC, In Rebuke of Obama, Most House Democrats Back Ending NSA Phone Collection Program: http://thegrio.com/2013/07/25/in-rebuke-of-obama-most-house-democrats-back-ending-nsa-phone-collection-program/#
The Guardian, Apple, Google and AT&T Meet Obama to Discuss NSA Surveillance Concerns: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/aug/09/nsa-surveillance-apple-google-obama
Wired, Obama Promises Broad Review of Surveillance Programs: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/08/obama-surveillance-reform/