Posts Tagged ‘President Obama’

Making sure NSA reform isn’t caught in the gears of the D.C. machine

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9:25 am by

Original commentary by Nadia Kayyali published April 22, 2014 on EFF’s Deeplinks blog.

us-congress-j001Congress has been poised to move on powerful legislation to reform the NSA for months, so what’s slowing things down?

It’s been over ten months since the Guardian published the first disclosure of secret documents confirming the true depths of NSA surveillance, and Congress has still not touched the shoddy legal architecture of NSA spying.

There have been myriad NSA bills presented in Congress since last June. None of them are comprehensive proposals that fix all the problems. Many of them seem to be dead in the water, languishing in committee.

However, several proposals remain contenders. Some are deceptive fake fixes, disguised as reform while attempting to further entrench dragnet surveillance, while some of them are an excellent starting point for real change.

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We say #StopSpying on the National Day of Action Against Fusion Centers

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 9:09 am by

dont-spy-on-meToday coalitions across the United State will rally, protest, and demonstrate against local fusion/spy centers to inform the public about the spy centers and police/state surveillance.  As Americans, we demand that Congress shut down fusion centers; end funding to these centers and release all Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs).
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Will Obama protect the CIA, as he has the NSA? (Part I)

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm by
(Credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Yesterday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to seek the declassification of less than 10% of its 6,000 page report documenting CIA torture crimes vastly beyond those previously acknowledged. The vote could be the most significant accountability moment for our nation’s intelligence agencies in the last 40 years.

But don’t hold your breath. The decision over declassification now goes to the White House, where despite his rhetorical support for transparency, the President has repeatedly aligned himself with the intelligence agencies despite documented crimes and bipartisan congressional opposition.
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Outside of borders, outside of privacy safeguards

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11:02 am by

nsaPresident Obama’s proposal to reform the National Security Agency’s (NSA) collection program took a step in the right direction. But a closer look reveals that these reforms would still leaves privacy rights vulnerable–especially for citizens living abroad. Even if Obama’s reforms are fully implemented, there are still loopholes, backdoors and exemptions that the NSA can use to spy on the American people.

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Dissecting Obama’s proposed NSA reforms

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 9:03 am by

Original commentary by Peter Van Buren from Fire Dog Lake published on March 28, 2014.

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So, after nine months of ignoring the Snowden revelations, downplaying the the Snowden revelations, not telling the truth about the Snowden revelations, insulting the Snowden revelations, sending members of his administration to lie to Congress about the Snowden revelations and claiming everything the NSA does is legal, righteous

and necessary to keep the barbarians outside the gates, Obama is coincidentally now proposing some “reforms” without acknowledging the Snowden revelations. Let’s have a look based on what we know right now.
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The president’s proposal is a red herring

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm by

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In a March 26 interview responding to President Obama’s recent proposal to restrain unconstitutional and illegal bulk metadata collection by the National Security Agency, BORDC executive director Shahid Buttar told UpRising Radio:
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Let’s send a message: No more silence on the CIA

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 10:30 am by
(Photo Credit: AP)

(Photo Credit: AP)

It is more than 6,000 pages in length, it has cost the taxpayers $40 million, and it has been five years since the beginning of the investigation. These numbers describe the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) use of torture and it has yet to be declassified. Now, grassroots organizations and members of the Senate are raising their voices to tell the U.S. government that we are done waiting.
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Constitution in Crisis :: BORDC February Newsletter

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:22 am by

Constitution in Crisis

February 2014, Vol. 13 No. 02

View this newsletter as a webpage: http://www.bordc.org/newsletter/2014/02/


States resisting the NSA dragnet

January witnessed continuing public outrage over the surveillance state’s assault on our fundamental rights and civil liberties.


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This is “The Day We Fight Back”

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm by
Protest against government surveillance in Washington DC. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media

Protest against government surveillance in Washington DC. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media

Unwarranted mass surveillance has proven to be a universal issue, providing common ground for private corporations, libertarian groups, and civil liberty advocates to unite. On Tuesday February 11, a broad coalition will take a stand against the National Security Agency (NSA) and engage in a global day of action, “The Day We Fight Back.

The Day We Fight Back is tied to the activist and technologist Aaron Swartz and his contributions to the digital rights movement. Swartz was a key individual in the movement to defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill that sought to limit access to sites with user-generated content. Because of the efforts of Swartz and other activists, the Internet remains intact as a universal platform for all users.

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States resisting the NSA dragnet

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm by
Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP

Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP

January has witnessed continuing public outrage over surveillance state’s assault on our fundamental rights and civil liberties. Since the initial Snowden disclosures, the Obama administration has done little to address concerns about the threat posed by warrantless data collection by the National Security Agency (NSA). While the president addressed those issues in a major address on January 17, in a speech proposing to end indefinite bulk data retention by the NSA, his proposed reforms were ultimately meager, under-inclusive, and potentially counter-productive.

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