There were many things said during President Obama’s livestream about the National Security Agency’s criticized practices on surveillance of enemies of the state, but more specifically the American people.
The collection of phone records, text messages, computer security and social networks — all things the NSA has proved to bypass time and time again, thousands of times on thousands of individuals, all in the name of security and intelligence.
Well, there are changes, and Obama has ordered them. First of all, there will be:
- New presidiential directive for signal intelligence
- Reforms to programs and procedures to provide greater transparency from the intelligence community
- New reforms to restrict amount of information collected on foreign targets overseas under Section 702 (a big one)
- National Security Letters secret for a limited period of time in order to increase transparency (to avoid all the leaks)
- End Section 215 bulk collection of telephone metadata program in favor of “a new mechanism” (no word on what the new method might be
Obama made it clear that he, along with the rest of his administration, would work towards the reestablishment of belief in the United States on a worldwide scale, while still staying fully alert and critical, but with reason. Mr. President also took care to mention what role surveillance has on companies in the United States: that the NSA does “not collect intelligence to provide a competitive advantage to U.S. companies, or U.S. commercial sectors.”
Indeed. The full text of his speech is at the source link.