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Obama should go much further with NSA reform


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 18, 2014

~~<p>President Barack Obama's limited proposal to rein in the National Security Agency disappointed many civil libertarians and left some security advocates skeptical and even confused. This reaction is unsurprising given the president's calculated approach, which strained to achieve a middle ground.</p>
<p>Count us among those disappointed by the president's muted recommendations, which preserve major elements of the domestic surveillance program and essentially leave it to Congress and the intelligence agencies themselves to implement his plan. Obama missed an opportunity to issue a clarion call to protect civil liberties while simultaneously defending national security -- a more forceful voice was called for.</p>
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President Barack Obama's limited proposal to rein in the National Security Agency disappointed many civil libertarians and left some security advocates skeptical and even confused. This reaction is unsurprising given the president's calculated approach, which strained to achieve a middle ground.

Count us among those disappointed by the president's muted recommendations, which preserve major elements of the domestic surveillance program and essentially leave it to Congress and the intelligence agencies themselves to implement his plan. Obama missed an opportunity to issue a clarion call to protect civil liberties while simultaneously defending national security -- a more forceful voice was called for. Login for more...



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