Tuesday, June 18, 2013

NSA Surveillance Program Transparent Enough for Barack Obama

NSA Surveillance Program Transparent Enough for Barack Obama:
transparentPresident Obama’s on the defensive on the
latest scandal to embroil his administration. Unlike the IRS
scandal, the president doesn’t claim to have heard about this one
on the news with the rest of us. Nevertheless, he doesn’t see what
the problem is.

From USA Today:

President Obama is defending National Security Agency
surveillance programs, and disputing the notion that he is
following in the footsteps of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.



In a PBS interview with Charlie Rose, Obama said efforts to track
terrorists through phone and Internet surveillance have safeguards
to prevent abusing the civil liberties of innocent Americans. Obama
cited both congressional and judicial oversight.



When Rose asked, "should this be transparent in some way?" Obama
responded: "It is transparent. That's why we set up the FISA
court."



Critics note that this court -- created through the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act -- issues rulings in
secret.
How newspeaky.
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