Saturday, August 10, 2013

Enough is enough: Obama promises NSA reforms

President Barack Obama said yesterday that he would pursue reforms to open the legal proceedings surrounding government surveillance programs to greater scrutiny, the administration’s most-concerted response yet to a series of disclosures about secret monitoring efforts.

The NSA, among the most secretive institutions in government, also released yesterday a summary of the programs it operates under several provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Patriot Act. Intelligence agencies will also set up a website with the goal of better explaining their legal authorities and actions.

“While the initial reforms outlined by the president are a necessary and welcome first step, they are not nearly sufficient,” said Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, in a statement that also urged Obama to “release the relevant FISA Court opinions and agency memos that have created a body of secret law that is far removed from public oversight and adequate congressional review.”
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