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  • Obama’s Path From Critic to Overseer of Spying

    01/16/2014 6:47:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 15, 2014 | Peter Baker
    As a young lawmaker defining himself as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama visited a center for scholars in August 2007 to give a speech on terrorism. He described a surveillance state run amok and vowed to rein it in. “That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens,” he declared. “No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.” ....................................................... Feeling little pressure to curb the security agencies, Mr. Obama largely left them alone until Mr. Snowden began disclosing secret programs last year. Mr. Obama was angry at the revelations, privately excoriating Mr....
  • Putin: I envy Obama, because he can 'spy' and get away with it

    12/19/2013 10:48:20 AM PST · by kronos77 · 66 replies
    "I envy Obama because he can spy on his allies without any consequences," said Putin when asked about how his relations had changed with the US following Snowden’s espionage revelations. During an annual question-and-answer session with journalists, Putin praised Edward Snowden’s actions, saying that he was working for a “noble cause.” At the same time he accepted the importance of espionage programs in the fight against global terrorism, but said the NSA needed guidelines to limit its powers. “There is nothing to be upset about and nothing to be proud of, spying has always been and is one of the...
  • NSA changes recommended by Obama’s group could politicize spy agency (all nations same as U.S.)

    12/19/2013 5:10:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 18, 2013 | Neil Munro
    The president’s hand-picked intelligence review panel has submitted a list of recommendations that would politicize the leadership and the routine operations of the nation’s leading military intelligence agency. The 46 recommendations urge the federal government to treat foreign enemies as courtroom-protected citizens, and to would require the soldiers working at the National Security Agency to negotiate day-to-day decisions with an array of private-sector lawyers. President Barack Obama met Wednesday with his five appointees on the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, whose report was released late Wednesday afternoon. Obama is expected to announce his preferred policies next month, but...
  • Obama spy panel is loaded with insiders, critics charge

    10/01/2013 5:43:50 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | October 1, 2013 | By Anita Kumar
    WASHINGTON — After a public backlash to government spying, President Barack Obama called for an independent group to review the vast surveillance programs that allow the collections of phone and email records. Now, weeks before the group’s first report is due, some lawmakers, technology organizations and civil liberties groups are concerned that the panel’s members are too close to the Obama administration and its mission too vague to provide a thorough scrubbing of the National Security Agency technologies that have guided intelligence gathering since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------snip---------------------------- The members of the review group are Richard Clarke,...
  • How Obama has abused the Patriot Act

    08/19/2013 11:29:34 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | By Jim Sensenbrenner
    On Aug. 9, the Obama administration released a previously secret legal interpretation of the Patriot Act that it used to justify the bulk collection of every American's phone records. The strained reasoning in the 22-page memo won't survive long in public light, which is itself one of the strongest arguments for transparency in government. As the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants." Recent revelations by the Washington Post emphasize the need for greater transparency. The National Security Agency failed to report privacy violations that are serious infringements of constitutional rights....
  • Obama upends intel panel

    08/15/2013 4:39:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/15/13 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    The White House dismissed the bulk of President Barack Obama’s premier panel of outside intelligence advisers earlier this year, leaving the blue-ribbon commission largely vacant as the public furor built over the National Security Agency’s widespread tracking of Americans’ telephone calls. The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board stood 14 members strong through 2012, but the White House website was recently updated to show the panel’s roster shrinking to just four people. In the past four years, the high-powered group has waded into the implications of WikiLeaks for intelligence sharing, and urged retooling of America’s spy agencies as the United States withdraws...
  • Obama privately derides controversy over NSA surveillance

    08/14/2013 8:01:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/14/13 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama privately derided the controversy over the blockbuster June 6 revelation of the National Security Agency’s far-reaching capabilities as “noise rather than something that’s real and meaningful,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Duncan revealed Obama’s dismissive attitude to the dramatic claims by a former defense contractor, Edward Snowden, in a Washington Post report on a White House program to increase Internet use in schools. Obama made the remark to Duncan on June 6, as they were flying on Air Force One to visit a school in Mooresville, N.C., according to the last few paragraphs of the Post’s Aug....
  • WikiLeaks founder: Obama surveillance changes vindicate Edward Snowden

    08/10/2013 8:00:08 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies
    WikiLeaks founder: Obama surveillance changes vindicate Edward Snowden By Keith Laing - 08/10/13 10:40 AM ET The founder of the WikiLeaks website said on Saturday that President Obama’s announcement of changes to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program this week vindicated Edward Snowden’s release of information about the program. “Today the President of the United States validated Edward Snowden’s role as a whistleblower by announcing plans to reform America’s global surveillance program,” WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange said in a statement. “But rather than thank Edward Snowden, the president laughably attempted to criticize him while claiming that there was a...
  • Barack Obama says the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court 'is transparent'

    06/22/2013 6:27:14 AM PDT · by memyselfandi59 · 29 replies
    Obama said that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court "is transparent." We don’t doubt that there are good reasons for secrecy at the court, but if you’re going to operate a mostly secret court, you also don’t get to crow about how "transparent" it is. The president can’t have his cake and eat it, too. We rate his claim Pants on Fire.
  • I'm not a "US person"...

    06/18/2013 11:07:49 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 11 replies
    Ace Of Spades ^ | June 18, 2013 | Jack M.
    I'm a US Citizen, natural-born and raised, dammit. And it's a distinction that makes a difference to me. Apparently, though, "US citizenship" is an antiquated device; a relic from an earlier age when Obama's "Founding Founders" were all racists who never embraced or never could have conceived of the transnational "world without borders" view favored by our current President and the creepy, neo-totalitarian progressive radicals that prop him up. Here is the Obama White House attempting to quell concerns over the intrusive reach of his NSA/Prism operations. Note the terminology: President Obama: "If you are a U.S. person, the NSA...
  • Good news: Obama says NSA spying is “transparent”

    Well, I don’t know what more assurance I could need. From an interview with Charlie Rose that airs tonight on PBS: Charlie Rose: Should this be transparent in some way? Barack Obama: It is transparent.
  • Obama: NSA secret data gathering “transparent”

    06/18/2013 10:48:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 18, 2013 12:31 AM EDT | Kimberly Dozier
    President Barack Obama defended top secret National Security Agency spying programs as legal in a lengthy interview Monday, and called them transparent—even though they are authorized in secret. “It is transparent,” Obama told PBS’ Charlie Rose in an interview broadcast Monday. “That’s why we set up the FISA court,” he added, referring to the secret court set up by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that authorizes two recently disclosed programs: one that gathers U.S. phone records and another that is designed to track the use of U.S.-based Internet servers by foreigners with possible links to terrorism. He added that he’s...
  • Up next: ‘USian’? Obama has a message for you if you are a ‘US person’

    06/18/2013 7:17:47 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 40 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 6-18-2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Up next: ‘USian’? Obama has a message for you if you are a ‘US person’ Posted at 9:50 am on June 18, 2013 by Twitchy Staff Heads up, AP. In an interview that aired Monday night, President Obama signaled his apparent desire for another Stylebook rewrite. Yep, another term sacrificed on the oh-so-inclusive altar of progressive Newspeak. So … what, pray tell, is a “U.S. person” anyway? It must mean something since President Citizen of the World said it more than once during the interview with Charlie Rose. What I can say unequivocally is that if you are a U.S....
  • Obama does not feel Americans' privacy violated: chief of staff

    06/16/2013 12:40:25 PM PDT · by John W · 38 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | June 16, 2013 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama does not believe the recently disclosed top-secret National Security Agency surveillance of phone records and Internet data has violated Americans' privacy rights, his chief of staff said on Sunday. The administration has said the top-secret collection of massive amounts of "metadata" from phone calls - raw information that does not identify individual telephone subscribers, was legal and authorized by Congress in the interests of thwarting militant attacks. It has said the agencies did not monitor calls. Asked whether Obama feels he has violated the privacy of Americans, McDonough said, "He does not."
  • US leaker Edward Snowden 'defending liberty'

    06/10/2013 9:26:29 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    bbc ^ | 10 June 2013 Last updated at 10:38 ET
    An ex-CIA employee has said he acted to "protect basic liberties for people around the world" in leaking details of US phone and internet surveillance. Edward Snowden, 29, was revealed as the source of the leaks at his own request by the UK's Guardian newspaper. Mr Snowden, who says he has fled to Hong Kong, said he had an "obligation to help free people from oppression". The recent revelations are that US agencies gathered millions of phone records and monitored internet data. A spokesman for the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the case had been referred...