Obama Reportedly To Call For End of Govt. Control of Phone Data

Credit: Lawrence Jackson. The Official White House Photostream/wikimediaCredit: Lawrence Jackson. The Official White House Photostream/wikimediaA senior Obama administration official has told the Associated Press that the president will call for the end of government control of American phone data in a speech today. However, the unnamed official also told the AP that,

Obama will not recommend who should control the phone data and will instead call on the attorney general, intelligence community and Congress to make that determination.

How reassuring.

The presidential NSA review panel made 46 recommendations, including that phone companies hold onto the metadata records currently held by the NSA.

Unsurprisingly, the panel was reportedly “concerned about the possibility of future privacy abuses by the government if that data remained with a government agency.”

The AP also reports that Obama is expected to announce changes to how the NSA spies on foreigners:

The president also was expected to announce changes in U.S. surveillance operations overseas, including ratcheting up oversight to determine whether the government will monitor communications of friendly foreign leaders. It's unclear whether there will be any changes to how the government access or holds communications records collected from foreigners living overseas.

Credit: Piledhigheranddeeper/wikimediaCredit: Piledhigheranddeeper/wikimedia

Interestingly, Obama's speech will be given fifty-three years to the day after President Eisenhower warned of the "unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex" in his farewell address

Obama’s speech is scheduled to begin at 11am ET.

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  • The Late P Brooks||

    "My fellow Americans, knowing as I do how upsetting this program is, I am creating a new level of secrecy..."

  • Rich||

    "Obama ... will instead call on the attorney general, intelligence community and Congress to make that determination."

    How reassuring.

    Don't worry. Matthew. If those people don't act, Obama has a pen.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    He's going to force telecoms to hold onto the data for the government, and let the NSA pick from it remotely. Everyone's happy.

  • Spartacus||

    This. End control =/= stop collecting. Unfortunately, a lot of people are going to pretend not to see the difference in order to avoid making The One look bad.

  • ||

    A) announce end to data collection program
    B) allow known terrorist plot in the works to happen
    C) ?
    D) profit!!!

  • Doctor Whom||

    I can hardly wait to see how my Obot acquaintances spin this or whether they acknowledge it at all.

  • Adam330||

    I'm sure the telecoms love this plan. Absent a ton of money from the Gov along with a bunch of immunity assurances, I have no idea why they would go along.

  • Gilbert Martin||

    Funny how people are always quoting Eisenhower's military industrial complex comments in his farewell speech but practicly zero attention is given to what Eisenhower said immediately after that in the same speech:

    "The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present – and is gravely to be regarded.

    Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

    The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present – and is gravely to be regarded."

  • GILMORE||

    Who wants to bet his proposed, "Solution" does the following? =

    - Creates no meaningful, substantive change to what government CAN do, but changes HOW they do it such that it makes Obama seem like he "did something"

    - That said proposal creates further massive legal liability problems for private companies in some way; because why? Because Obama!

    - That said proposal requires that government stop using the massive, multi-billion $ datacenters they built for the express purpose of spying on US Citizens... and spend many billions more on an alternative system which provides near identical capability but has convenience of legal charade allowing deniability.

    In short = lots of people thrown under the bus, many billions wasted, all for cosmetic purposes providing only the slightest of political benefits

    Because that's how he *rolls*

  • GILMORE||

    "
    Fist of Etiquette|1.17.14 @ 9:04AM|#

    He's going to force telecoms to hold onto the data for the government, and let the NSA pick from it remotely. Everyone's happy.

    Yeah, probably. Its been mentioned.

    I don't think anyone would be 'happy' with the arrangement. And I'm not sure how congress is supposed to rush through a bill saying the government can arbitrarily force private companies to spy on its customers in perpetuity because 'we say so'. Lawyers gonna lawyer.

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