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Obama Announces NSA Reforms (w/ Presidential Directive + Greenwald & Assange Responses)

In Archive, Assange, Barack Obama, Greenwald, Julian Assange, NSA, Snowden, Surveillance, WikiLeaks on January 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM

01/17/2014

President Obama delivers remarks presenting the outcomes of the Administration’s review of signals intelligence programs.

Summary:

  • NSA will no longer have control of stored Internet and phone records collected from millions of Americans, and has asked Congress, the Justice Department and Intelligence Community to decide who should hold on to those records
  • NSA officials must obtain court permission in order to access archive of telephone metadata records
  • Obama asks Congress to establish a panel of advocates from outside of government to provide an independent voice before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
  • Obama appoints “counselor John Podesta to lead a comprehensive review of big data and privacy … group will consist of government officials who, along with the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, will reach out to privacy experts, technologists and business leaders”
  • annual review of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) opinions for declassification purposes
  • NSA “will only pursue phone calls that are two steps removed from a number associated with a terrorist association.” Until now the US government has given itself the authority to investigate the conduct of people separated by three steps, or “hops.”
  • National Security Letters (NSLs) will not remain secret indefinitely. “We can and should be more transparent as to how the government uses this authority,” the president said, directing Attorney General Holder to amend how NSLs are currently used.
  • NSA “will not monitor the communications of heads of state” of allied partners unless there are compelling national security purposes at stake, but “will continue to gather information about the intentions” of foreign governments

Read Obama’s full Presidential Policy Directive on intelligence reforms below:

Related Link: President’s NSA Review Group Report

Anonymous Intelligence Members (NSA/Pentagon/Army/Contractor) Fantasize About Killing Edward Snowden

In Archive, Army, NSA, Pentagon, Snowden on January 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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Image via Michael Greaney

01/17/2014

BuzzFeed:

Edward Snowden has made some dangerous enemies. As the American intelligence community struggles to contain the public damage done by the former National Security Agency contractor’s revelations of mass domestic spying, intelligence operators have continued to seethe in very personal terms against the 30 year-old leaker.

“In a world where I would not be restricted from killing an American, I personally would go and kill him myself,” a current NSA analyst told BuzzFeed. “A lot of people share this sentiment.”

“I would love to put a bullet in his head,” one Pentagon official, a former special forces officer, said bluntly. “I do not take pleasure in taking another human beings life, having to do it in uniform, but he is single handedly the greatest traitor in American history.”

“His name is cursed every day over here,” a defense contractor told BuzzFeed, speaking from an overseas Intelligence collections base. “Most everyone I talk to says he needs to be tried and hung, forget the trial and just hang him.”

One Army intelligence officer even offered BuzzFeed a chillingly detailed fantasy.

“I think if we had the chance, we would end it very quickly,” he said. “Just casually walking on the streets of Moscow, coming back from buying his groceries. Going back to his flat and he is casually poked by a passerby. He thinks nothing of it at the time starts to feel a little woozy and thinks it’s a parasite from the local water. He goes home very innocently and next thing you know he dies in the shower.”

Their mood is widespread, people who regularly work with the intelligence community said.

UPDATE 01/21/2014 Snowden Lawyer Asks Russia Police For Protection/Investigation Into US Officials’ Death Threats, Wants Them Identified

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