March 26, 2019 read, explore

Everything you need to know about Obama’s NSA speech

Last week, President Obama delivered a speech about U.S. surveillance policies. The speech came after months of classified documents being published because of Edward Snowden. Snowden, who was a contractor for the National Intelligence Agency, stole classified documents and sent them supposedly sent them to the guardian newspaper. In the leaked documents, programs like PRISM and the bulk collection of Americans’ data were detailed.

Now that the cat is out of the bag, Obama is proposing reform. However weak the reform is, he still thinks its reform. Here’s a list of the President’s ideas:

1. Let a third party or service provider keep bulk information instead of the government

I’m not sure this is real reform. Instead of the government storing all of the data, they’re just making someone else do it. The government can still access the data whenever it wants, with judicial approval.

2. Appoint a public advocate to represent privacy interests before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Not sure that the court would listen to a privacy advocate but ok.

3. Communication providers will be able to release more information on the orders they’ve received

Can’t really say anything bad about this one; transparency is one ingredient of a free society.

4. More restrictions and safeguards against spying on foreigners

The president stressed that when the U.S. collects information abroad, its to protect national security and not to listen in on ordinary conversations.

These changes are nowhere near what people that value privacy wanted or deserve. We can always count on Congress to protect us with legislation, right 😉

 

 

 

Photo by Christopher Dilts for Obama for America

Related Posts

Why Do People Value Privacy?

Privacy. It’s pretty important to a lot of people. I think especially Americans are repulsed by the thought of being...

Trump’s First 100 Days in Office Will be Telling

Donald Trump has been busy working with his transition team in order to establish policy that he wants to enact...

#GoldenShowerGate: 5 Allegations BuzzFeed Article Made Against Donald Trump

If you haven’t heard, BuzzFeed–the site known for quizzes with names like ‘We Know How Many Kids You’ll Have Based...

What Impact Will Brexit Have On The Gaming Industry?

A lot changed after the British public voted to leave the European Union on June 23. The value of the...

Donald Trumps Call To Criminalize Flag-burning Is Ridiculous

I was hoping that President-elect Trump would fight for liberty as many of his positions have suggested (minus his stance...

Is Trump’s Claim That Millions Voted Illegally Completely Crazy?

If you’ve been paying attention to any of the major news outlets, you know that Trump made a claim that...

Why Trump Has To Be A Great President

I haven’t heard many people talk about the possibility of President-elect Donald Trump actually being a good president. Most of...

Michael Moore’s Plan To Beat Trump Is Adorable

In the wake of Trump’s major upset victory, Michael Moore (who predicted Trumps win) took to Facebook to make a...

Why We’re Endorsing Donald Trump For President

The country is once again nearing the point at which we elect our new president. This is the first time...

Will Trump Recover From His Post-convention Spiral?

If you’ve visited any political website or news channel in the last week, you’ve heard a lot about polls. The...

Beyond Background Checks: More Ways to Stop Gun Violence

In the 212 days since the start of 2016, there have been 271 mass shootings in the United States. While...

Think Twice Before Voting Green in 2016

This election cycle, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has ignited a political revolution that, despite his withdrawal from the Democratic primaries, has...

Auditing the Fed: What It Really Means

The Republican Party’s new official platform returned to many traditional (and what many would call outdated) ideas and principles, like...

Why Ted Cruz Might Be the GOP’s 2020 Nominee

In a convention that was filled with chaos and controversy, from Melania Trump’s alleged plagiarism of Michelle Obama to Chris...

Does The U.S. Really Have The Highest Taxes In The World?

Donald Trump says America has the highest taxes in the world. There are two problems with this claim. First, it’s...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *