Obama Suggests Possibility of Curbs on NSA Surveillance

We'll believe it when we see it


Barack Obama has raised for the first time the prospect of new legislation to limit the powers of the NSA, the US spy agency caught up in controversy over the sweep of its surveillance operations.

Answering a question at a joint press conference with Swedish prime minister Frederik Reinfeldt on Wednesday, Obama said there were "legitimate questions" about the NSA. He said existing laws may not be sufficient to deal with advances in technology that have allowed the NSA to gather much more data than before.

There have been calls for new legislation from members of Congress to limit the powers of the NSA, but this is the first time that Obama has hinted he might back such a move. Until now, Obama has only proposed limited changes and is awaiting recommendations from a review body he set up.

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  1. “We’ll believe it when we see it”

    We’ll believe it when the NSA can no longer see it…

    1. And since we can’t trust the NSA to tell us when they can no longer see it, I’ll believe it when the NSA and its ilk no longer exist, ie, when pigs fly, and I don’t mean in helicopters.

  2. From the article:

    “What I can say with confidence is that when it comes to our domestic operations, the concerns that people have back home ? we do not surveil the American people or persons within the United States. There are a lot of checks and balances in place designed to avoid a surveillance state,” Obama said.

    What a crock.

  3. Here’s a thought – don’t pass any more “new” laws – just do away with the shitty, shitty old ones. How’s that sound you fuckers?

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