Obama’s NSA Speech Does Little to Ease Privacy Concerns


by Spencer Brown

On Friday morning, President Obama delivered a speech from the Justice Department on the ongoing NSA spying saga. What began last year with Edward Snowden‘s disclosure of the government’s surveillance programs and technologies has culminated in the President’s announcement of new policies and practices for our nation’s intelligence gathering community. And while the announcement seemed to carry with it a change in the surveillance programs, the speech did little to assuage the concerns of those who objected to the data mining.

President Obama began his NSA speech by drawing a connection between the NSA and the intelligence gathering programs of the past. He cited Paul Revere and other founding fathers in the Sons of Liberty, balloons beings used in by the Union Army in the Civil War, and the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II. It was a typical tact taken by the President – in the past he has cited the names of historic Americans in attempts to garner support for his own agenda.

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