The Bill of Rights Defense Committee issued the following statement in response to the president’s speech about proposed reforms to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass surveillance and bulk data collection programs.
Shahid Buttar, BORDC executive director remarked:
“The reforms announced by the president today are a meager step in the right direction, but far from enough to fix the NSA’s assault on the rights of hundreds of millions of Americans.
Requiring the NSA to secure judicial approval in order to query its massive databases is the very least the president could require. Allowing bulk collection to continue, whether by the NSA or private corporations, will undermine freedom of thought and erode democracy.”
Buttar also noted that:
“The president’s own review board, as well as the privacy and civil liberties board, and the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, have issued dozens of recommendations, most of which the president has continued to ignore.