Obama’s Bland Reassurances

21 December 2013 |permalink | email article

In a New York Times editorial Saturday on runaway surveillance, by the time the president gave his news conference on Friday, there was really only one course of action to take on surveillance policy from an ethical, moral, constitutional and even political point of view. And that was to embrace the recommendations of his handpicked panel on government spying-and bills-pending in Congress to end the obvious excesses. The President has had plenty of time to consider this issue, and the only specific thing he said on the panel’s proposals was that it might be a good idea to let communications companies keep the data and e-mails rather than store then in vast government databases. Six months age he thought the data collection struck the “right balance” between security and civil liberties. On Friday he said that the government had not abused its access to private information, and continued to defend the mostly secret, internal protocols.     



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