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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


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


  • 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

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  7. CNN, as usual you SUCK!!!! and your blatant BS covert attacks on Assange (obvious in your left screen drop down menu) are noted. You are a continuous complete incompetent embarrassment to the US.


  8. re obama’s speech: so, let me get this straight…he’s going to ask that HIS specially appointed security a holes to let HIM know via HIS appointed watchdogs as to how things are running in the intelligence community and any abuses by same? oh, so NOW we are letting the public have input obama after the damage has already been done to this same public? and you expect us now to trust what you and the intelligence agencies say they are and are not doing according to the laws that the big corporations lobby and pay for via congress? i haven’t laughed this hard for a long time…


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