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.