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President Expected To Announce Plans For NSA Reforms

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
   
   
  Originally Published on: 1/14/2014

Later this week, President Barack Obama is expected to outline new reforms to the National Security Agency surveillance programs. Ever since Edward Snowden started leaking information about the program's reach, people around the world have demanded stricter regulation. The president has been hearing recommendations from a review panel. Now, as Erin McPike reports, we may finally hear how he plans to reign in the mass surveillance. Trying to end a worldwide uproar over NSA spying, President Obama will unveil how he'll keep his promise to reform government surveillance programs. "We may have to refine this further to give people more confidence," President Obama said. "And I'm going to be working very hard on doing that. And we've got to provide more confidence to the international community." The president has suffered months of blowback since Edward Snowden's revelations last summer that the NSA has been colelcting personal phone records on every American, and spying on world leaders, including allies like German's Chancellor Angela Merkel. He's called in experts, tech company leaders, and in the past few days, key members of Congress. "There were many members of Congress there from both the House and Senate who covered the ideological spectrum who urged him to throttle back the collection of metadata on a bulk level," says Sen, Mark Udall, a member of the Intelligence Comiittee. I hope he listens." He's deciding whether to accept recommendations from an independent review commission that include: Storing personal data outside the government with a private third party, possibly phone companies and requiring the government to get a judge to approve access. A "public advocate" to represent Americans' privacy rights when those decisions get made and that spying obn foreign leaders get high-level approval. "We have many counties with common interests so having a more thorough process to really look through that and don't do it just because there's opportunity to do it," says Peter Swire of the NSA Review Group. Balancing security and privacy is a tricky political question, and critics are bound to be unsatisfied. "We can't continue to refer to ourselves as a quote unquote free country when the United States government is collecting information on virtually every telephone call made in America, getting into people's e-mails, focusing on the websites that certain people are visiting," says Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Politically, the most controversial piece of the issue is the domestic spying on American civilians. But going about changing some of the programs will take Congressional approval, so look for some fireworks on Capitol Hill in the coming months.

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