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Obama’s NSA Reforms Are “A Bouquet of Roses” to the Intelligence Agencies; Julian Assange Responds To NSA Reforms Speech

Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments

Earlier today, President Obama outlined reforms of America's controversial surveillance tactics – which had ensnared millions of people's phone calls, texts and emails around the globe. After praising the NSA and its importance to security, he admitted it made mistakes in its collection of private data.  Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, the president called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans. President Obama also asked the Congress to establish an independent privacy defender in the federal courts, to increase the supervision of intelligence work.

Michael Ratner: By portraying NSA surveillance as “patriotic,” President Obama ignores the violations of Americans' constitutional rights

Julian Assange:   This president has been dragged kicking and screaming to today's address.  He's been very reluctant to make any concrete reforms. Unfortunately today, we also see very few concrete reforms…

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