Obama’s game: Push for change and be content when nothing’s accomplished

Under the headline, “Obama Plan to Revamp NSA Faces Obstacles,” the Wall Street Journal reports: Obama faces pushback from civil-liberties advocates who say his proposals don’t go far enough. Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) said he welcomed the proposals but would fight to have them “strengthened” so that, among other things, the phone-data collection program is ended.

One question is how strongly Mr. Obama will fight for his plan. He devised it while under growing pressure from some Democrats and foreign allies after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked information about NSA surveillance.

Mr. Obama said his chief goal was to gain public trust in the NSA programs and engage in a national debate about surveillance. But he also has said he was comfortable with the current programs. So he could say he spurred a debate and tried to address privacy concerns even if no changes result.

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1 thought on “Obama’s game: Push for change and be content when nothing’s accomplished

  1. La vérité

    Can’t read the whole article as it is behind subscription wall BUT…
    “Mr. Obama said his chief goal was to gain public trust in the NSA programs and engage in a national debate about surveillance. But he also has said he was comfortable with the current programs. So he could say he spurred a debate and tried to address privacy concerns even if no changes result.”
    WELL, what he has planned is….
    “Last Friday, President Obama promised a review of current government surveillance practice by an independent group of outside experts. Turns out that the review group will be established by the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who’s come under fire from Congress for erroneously telling legislators that the U.S. doesn’t “collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of million of Americans.”
    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/08/obamas-intelligence-chief-will-head-promised-nsa-review/68251/
    HOW is a liar going to make the the citizenry believe him or address their concern about privacy??? Does ANYONE trust him except the Prez???

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