Obama Announces Revisions to the Surveillance State
Posted at 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 9
President Obama unveiled a series of efforts to meet “a need for greater openness and safeguards over vast American surveillance efforts,” the New York Times reports.
“Obama announced the creation of a high-level task force of outside intelligence and civil liberties specialists to advise the government about how to balance security and privacy… The president also threw his administration’s support behind a proposal to change the procedures of the secret court that approves electronic spying under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in order to make its deliberations more adversarial.”
Washington Post: “Obama will say that he intends to work on ways to tighten one provision of the Patriot Act – known as Section 215 – that gives the government broader authority to obtain business phone data records… Obama also announced the release of a Justice Department analysis of the legal rationale underpinning the government’s most controversial surveillance programs, brought to light in June by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who was recently granted temporary asylum in Russia.”