Obama Desperately Tries To Stay Ahead Of Uproar Over Invasive Surveillance Program

Obama met with his team, including Attorney General Eric Holder, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander and others after the meeting with the...

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with intelligence and privacy experts Wednesday as they look to finalize the White House response to the uproar over the government’s vast surveillance programs.

First, they met with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a group which will release a report on the controversial bulk phone collection program and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and then with various leaders of the intelligence community in the afternoon.



“This was a useful opportunity for the president to hear the group’s views directly as we begin to finalize our internal review,” said Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council.

But Obama is likely to release his changes before the group, which Congress created in 2004 to oversee the government’s expanded intelligence collection operations, releases its report in late January and early February.

“The board welcomes the chance to provide input into the administration’s decision-making process as the president evaluates whether and how to reform the Section 215 program and the operations of the FISC,” according to a statement from the board.

Obama met with his team, including Attorney General Eric Holder, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander and others after the meeting with the board.

“This was an important chance for the president to hear directly from his team as he begins to make final decisions about how we move forward with key intelligence collection programs,” Hayden said.

Obama suggested in December that he may make significant changes to the government’s surveillance programs, including the contentious mass collection of phone records.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that Obama will announce changes before his State of the Union address Jan. 28.

Since June, former contractor Edward Snowden has leaked documents showing the National Security Agency has been collecting telephone and email records on tens of millions of Americans and foreigners, eavesdropping on allies such as Germany and Brazil, and spying on a host of global institutions.

An advisory panel recommended nearly 50 changes to the NSA’s surveillance programs, which have guided intelligence gathering by the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The proposals include an end to the NSA’s storage of Americans’ telephone records, more stringent handling of Americans’ data that is collected incidentally through targeting foreigners, concrete standards for targeting communications of foreign leaders, and the creation of a public interest advocate to represent Americans’ interest in front of the secret court that authorizes the spying programs.

Obama could administer some of the recommendations through executive actions, but others would require approval from a divided Congress, where support for NSA changes does not fall strictly along party lines.

Obama will meet with a select group of lawmakers at the White House Thursday. source – McClatchy


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January 9, 2014 9:36 pm

I’m more worried about Japan’s nuclear plant just got hit with a 6.0 earthquake and the nuclear plant is in full meltdown right now pacific time at 6:35 p.m. than poor Obama issues?

January 9, 2014 10:06 pm

It was down graded to a 5.0.

January 9, 2014 10:55 pm

Ron Murphy: seems your lowering in yourself so far in the garbage can.

Even with a down grade to 5.0 Earthquake, at the nuclear plant will do alot of damages.

Why do now you try that, Ron, down grading yourself a bit, then it will not seem your an idiot.

Its to bad, we do not have a intelligent speaker for the Post-Tribbers, as D City was, oh! I forgot you ran him off with your stupid insults against him.

Keep up the good work, oh! Yes! that your main point in your life works, I wonder with all these insults against Pre-Tribbers,… Read more »

January 9, 2014 11:22 pm

I’m already at the bottom and you’re stepping on me, does it make you feel good? I don’t talk that kind of garbage. I don’t believe it’s meant for a Christian to talk guile. Not judging anyone but for me. But you believe whatever you want. You seem to be really confused these days, anyway. Now I have nothing to say to you right now. If you get a comment under yours don’t look for me. I consider you extremely wicked for your actions. And you do your wickedness in the name of the Lord. :(

January 9, 2014 11:35 pm

Ron Murphy: I really feel sorry for you, that you need to lower your self so low just to insult me, by making up these new names for me, but it would be helpful to you to recieve some psychological counseling.

Please Ron understand this, I’m not judging you at all, I’m just opinionated person. And I just love your insults to me!

I’m not trying to be rude and I would not want you to think about committing suicide, but since Brenda Murphy is not posting for a long time now, is their problems at home with your relationship? Maybe that’s… Read more »

January 10, 2014 12:35 am

Well, Larue……
It seems that you never change. At one time, I thought you were on the right path, but here you are, still lashing out and being a mean old man, with nothing better to do. If you are feeding the poor and helping people, it won’t matter much, since you don’t show any love for anyone, but yourself. Bragging and boasting won’t get you into heaven. I thought you were a pastor and knew your Bible. Here you go, I know you do not love the truth, but you will here it, anyways.

Mat 6:1 Take heed that ye… Read more »

January 9, 2014 11:20 pm

No, I’m not Ron Murphy. Here is what you may be.
The pathology involved in a psychopath’s world is less understood but it involves core personality traits. Psychopath or what used to be called Anti-social personality disorder has no treatment and no medications change the person’s thinking or alter the course of the pathology. The person manipulates, exploits, or violates other people’s rights, from minor to major things. Their thinking and behavior puts no one ahead of the person’s wishes, whatever those wishes may be at the moment. Persons with antisocial personality disorder are danagerous and will never change. No type… Read more »

January 9, 2014 11:26 pm

Ron Murphy: I’ve been telling VA that for years for guys like you that want to be wanta-be’s like war veterans?

January 9, 2014 11:21 pm

STL : Thank you for sharing this information about the nuclear plant…I appreciate the info!!

January 9, 2014 11:24 pm

Lacey: seems Ron Murphy has gone nuts! With all these nice names he’s making up for me, he must really love me? In Post 2 & 4, he post these nice comments to me, its not like him?

January 9, 2014 11:39 pm

Does anyone know where to find the late breaking news on the latest earthquake in Japan?

Please advise asap!! Thank you.

January 10, 2014 9:17 am

AirCrap.org is good

January 9, 2014 11:43 pm

Steve: On NTEB post Obama issues creepy, Teresa B. put out a web page on the news, but I check Fox and CNN, but nothing yet? It was down grade to a 5.0 earthquake, but the news Teresa B. provided Japan was having nuclear meltdown.

January 9, 2014 11:50 pm

The last major (4.0+) earthquake to hit Japan is as follows

Izu Islands, Japan region2013-09-04 00:18:23 UTC402.0 km deep

That’s September 4th, which is south of Tokyo, which is three times as far south from Fukushima, the power plant STL is no doubt talking about.

January 9, 2014 11:52 pm

You see Pastor, it’s not fun posting in other names IS IT. Do you like a taste of your OWN MEDICINE now. You posted in other names to hide your ID so now you know how it feels. Ron Murphy, I’m sorry he thinks it’s you, Maybe he will learn to play nice on this forum and respect others beliefs.

January 10, 2014 12:09 am

Ron Murphy: As you say, do you like a taste of your own medicine now.

Actually, Ron, I really having a good time with all these new names you think up for me.

But actually, stop giving me a taste, give me the full meal!

Actually it doesn’t matter whose typing in these names, their, only proving that their pride is controling them, and that they have severe mental problems and they need to recieve alot of help?

January 10, 2014 12:56 am

No apology necessary. I’m glad to see him get his own medicine. Castor oil is good for the soul! :)
I think I know who you are. I’m fine with him thinking it’s me!

January 10, 2014 4:21 am

ROTFLOL :-) I’m bad, It’s late and I’m tired, and I’m laughing my rear off at these names…I shouldn’t be, but sometimes payback is a good thing!!! LOL :-)

January 10, 2014 4:19 am

@ whoever is STL is a idiot….I’m sorry may God forgive me, but you did give me a good ole belly laugh!!! Jesus forgive me…rotflol :-)

January 9, 2014 11:56 pm

Oh, Steve, there WAS a 5.0 earthquake January 9th. Not sure why the USGS isn’t reporting it.

January 10, 2014 12:13 am

Corey: Maybe because their downplaying the news about the nuclear plant, because its serious, usually when something is wrong they go for a black out on the news.

January 10, 2014 12:03 am

Steve: Check: Beforeitnews.com

January 10, 2014 12:15 am

Engr: Where is this guy getting his news from, Fox and CNN not reporting it yet?

January 10, 2014 12:16 am
January 10, 2014 12:19 am
January 10, 2014 12:16 am

Thanks for the information regarding the news search on the earthquake.

Amazing how intense these earthquakes are occurring isn’t it?

Love the signs though!

Blessings to you all!!