Obama To Outline NSA Reforms Next Week

    January 10, 2014
    Zach Walton
    Comments are off for this post.

Shortly after Edward Snowden leaked details regarding the NSA’s surveillance practices, President Obama announced that he would put together a review panel that would recommend changes to how the agency conducts its surveillance operations. Now that that report is in the hands of the president, he’s ready to act upon those recommendations.

The White House announced today that President Obama will announce a number of NSA reforms on January 17. These reforms will reportedly reign in collection efforts as well as provide additional oversight to the programs. There may be more changes made as the review panel handed a list of 46 recommendations to the president.

While we may not know the specifics, The Hill says that early reports have indicated that Obama will call for an end of the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone metadata. Instead, the government will have private companies or a third party store this information. From there, the NSA will have to receive a court order to obtain certain metadata.

In other words, your phone metadata will still be collected. This is a small improvement, however, as the NSA will no longer have unfettered access to said data. Instead, they will have to submit a request to look at data. Even then, they will only be able to look at specific data instead of being able to look through all of it.

The second reform will reportedly call for more oversight of the National Intelligence Priorities Framework. This particular framework sets the intelligence community’s priorities in regards to surveillance targets, including foreign heads of state. As you may recall, the U.S. found itself in a bit of hot water late last year after it was revealed the NSA spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel for no apparent reason.

Beyond the above two reforms, we have no idea what Obama will announce next Friday. Heck, the above two recommendations may not even come to fruition next week as the intelligence community may very well convince Obama to change his mind before then.

If that happens, we at least have a number of bills floating around Congress that seek to end the NSA’s activities.

Image via The White House/flickr

  • I Think

    So, the people who lied to me the first time about massive spying on American citizens are going to come back around and tell me about reforms. Meanwhile, I can easily google about nano-drones being purchased in record amounts, police wanting to use drones, the NSA building a complex so large that it will be able to capture every conversation in America for the next 100 years, cable companies wanting to put cameras in my home, FEMA camps are being built, prisons are being built in record numbers, more people than ever before are going to prison for victimless crimes and there are a whole host of other wrongs going in our society I don’t even have time to write about.

    I didn’t see a plane hit the Pentagon and no one has. A plane did not hit Building 7 yet it fell. Countless witnesses have come forward and said bombs were going off at the towers. The media will not cover this. We have fought 13 years of needless wars and frankly, we are not sure who did 9/11. We were TOLD who did it and then we bombed two countries that did not have participants in the terror attacks. All the terrorists were pretty much Saudi Arabian. Then the very same terror network we are fighting, we actually created.

    Didn’t see a plane. Building fell on its own. No one investigated for bombs. Lied about being spied on. Spying has only increased. Prisons are growing. Media will not cover other theories or give air time to other theories. Fighting useless wars against the terrorists we created. Hunting the person who told the truth. The same liars are telling me they want reform.

    Something is not right with this picture.