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Reactions on President Obama’s NSA reform plan

Reactions on President Obama's NSA reform plan

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In an interview with MSBNC the 5 Dec. 2013, president Obama, said that he would propose reforms of NSA in order to prevent privacy violations of American citizens. This came the same day that Washington Post published an article about NSA gathering daily 5 billion cellphone records. December 12, 2013, the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, presented their recommendations, trying to combine national security and civil liberties. Soon after its publication it was criticized by EFF and ACLU. 17th January 2014, the President issued a revised presidential policy directive (PPD-28) for collection of signal intelligence. The directive is summarized in the Review of U.S. Signals Intelligence fact sheet 


Obama to overhaul NSA’s bulk storage of Americans’ telephone data• President to announce that private entity will store call data / Spencer Ackerman in Washington,, Friday 17 January 2014

Key Source: US views on NSA, PRISM & FISA


Obama confronts challenges of reforming collection of Americans’ phone records / Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller, Washington Post, Jan 17 2014
“Obama has tasked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper with devising a plan by March 28. But many in the administration have their eyes on a more significant date: In June 2015, the law that authorizes the bulk collection is set to expire”

Obama’s Belated Defense of the NSA :Why didn’t the president give this speech seven months ago when it would have counted? / By Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, January 18, 2014

President Obama Asked Me to Review the NSA. Here’s How I Grade His Reforms / Geoffrey R. Stone, New Republic, Jan 18, 2014

Stakeholder views

EU views

Statement by European Commission Spokeswoman on U.S. President Obama’s remarks on the review of U.S. intelligence programmes, 17 January 2014

Außenminister Steinmeier zur Obama-Rede: Balance von Sicherheitsbedürfnissen und Schutz der Bürgerrechte richtig justieren, 17.01.2014

US views

White House

Remarks by the President on Review of Signals Intelligence, at the Department of Justice, 17 Jan 2014.


Speaker and Congressman Boehner Statement on America’s National Security Programs, Jan 17, 2014

Sensenbrenner Responds to Obama’s Speech on National Security and Surveillance, Jan 17 2014

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers on Sunday criticized President Barack Obama’s proposed reforms, Politico, 19 jan 2014

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Jan 17 2014

Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Committee On The Judiciary, Following The President’s National Security Speech, January 17, 2014

NGO views

The Most Important Passage from President Obama’s NSA Speech / By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project, 17 Jan 2014

Obama’s Surveillance Speech a ‘Wasted Opportunity’ / Constitution Project, January 17, 2014

Obama’s NSA Speech Has Little Impact on Skeptical Public, Most Say U.S. Should Pursue Criminal Case Against Snowden, Pew Research Center, January 20, 2014

What Brookings Experts Said about President Obama’s NSA Speech Today, January 17, 2014

Producers’ views

US telecoms companies say proposed NSA reforms fall short / Warwick Ashford, Computer Weekly Monday 20 January 2014 07:58

Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer is calling on the United States to be more transparent about its data collection practices, CNN, 22 Jan 2014

Case law

Amnesty v. Clapper – Supreme Court – Opinion, 26 Feb. 2013
In a 5-4 ruling handed down on February 26, 2013, the Supreme Court held the the ACLU plaintiffs don’t have standing to challenge the constitutionality of the warrantless wiretapping program

Amnesty et al. v. Clapper – Legal Documents


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