Obama Considering Overhauling NSA Amid Widespread Criticism

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Obama Considering Overhauling NSA Amid Widespread Criticism
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President Obama might just be remembering his slogan “Change We Can Believe In”, and he appears to be on the verge of adding a dash of “Yes We Can” into the mix. The Obama administration is considering a massive overhaul to the now infamous National Security Agency (NSA), which has apparently built up a massive spy agency reminiscent of Big Brother outlined by George Orwell all those years ago.

Apparently, the administration is considering extending privacy rights and considerations to foreign citizens and restructuring the phone call monitoring program that currently tracks nearly all phones calls within, to and from the United States. Other programs are also being examined and considered for reform.

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This announcement comes as the American people and leaders from around the globe have upped their criticisms of the United States’ security programs. After it was revealed that the United States was spying on numerous world leaders, and working to obtain private information concerning both foreign nationals and American citizens, the American government has come under heavy fire.

Private companies, such as Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) have also come under heavy fire for supporting and cooperating with the U.S. government and its spying efforts. While such companies had little choice in regards to the legally mandated cooperation, consumers have come to blame them, or at the very least distrust them, nonetheless. Now, many such companies are joining the growing chorus for reform.

Three key policy reforms being considered

The administration has been consulting with civic groups, security experts, and members of Congress to determine how best to move forward with potential reforms. The President’s NSA Review Panel has compiled and put together a list of potential reforms.

Apparently, the President is leaning towards three key policy reforms. The first reform would extend privacy protections as found in the Privacy Act of 1974 to non-American citizens. This would represent a major break from the United States’ current policy, which extends essentially no protection to non-citizens. After a massive international outcry following the Snowden leaks, however, the President has come under intense pressure.

A second reform would be to create an advocate to argue against the government in the highly secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In order to conduct many of its activities, the NSA must first seek permission from the secretive court. Right now, however, the only opinion heard is that of the government’s. The advocate post would play a sort of “devil’s advocate” and provide counter arguments.

The third reform would be an overhaul to the nation’s call-monitoring program which currently tracks essentially all phone calls made within and to or from the United States. Call your grandma in Oklahoma? The government knows and keeps a record. Now, the Obama administration is considering an overhaul that would allow the NSA to track calls only with the approval of the aforementioned secret court.

The Administration has come to no hard conclusions or decisions just yet and appears to be trying to balance the rights of the people and the needs of the nation. While the NSA programs have attracted widespread criticism, many security experts credit them with the success of the United States in thwarting terrorist attacks in recent years.

NSA programs promise to become a divisive focal point

The administration could reveal proposed changes as early as next week, but given the highly polarized political environment in the Capitol, it’s hard to predict how far any proposed changes might advance. With elections looming in 2014, the NSA’s security programs could become a major focal point of the political narrative this November.

Republicans in particular may find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. Libertarian and Tea Party elements of the GOP will likely push for increased personal rights and privacy. War hawks and security minded legislators, on the other hand, will likely oppose any efforts to water down the nation’s security efforts.

Either way, if the Obama administration pushes forward with reforms to the NSA, it promises to become a hot button issue that will attract a lot of international attention. Given the immense amount of pressure the U.S. government is under following the Snowden leaks, however, Obama and friends may have no choice but to reform the NSA and its spy programs.

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  1. Suit over US stop for Arabic flashcards tossed, Satan new home sorry Americans OUR White House dose not want you to know or see what two words look like in Arabic.

    “AGAINST ALL ODDS”, and “WHITE HOUSE AGAINST ALL CHRISTIANDS” sorry its
    “WHITE HOUSE DOWN” Actor James Howard Woods said (obama ” He’s the gift from hell”)
    “WHITE HOUSE AGAINST ALL CHRISTIANDS” is real life on going.

    Why Is Obama in a rush to start the War of Armageddon?
    Why did Obama try to give 20 of OUR F-16 Fighter Jets to Egypt?
    Why is he still trying to send more weapons and OUR USA tax dollars to the Middle East?

    Read Below and you will see clearly WHY.

    ACTS OF TREASON

    The United States of America Leader goes and plays golf again as CHRISTIANS are being slaughtered by Muslim every December 25 in Christian Churches on Earth.

    Federal Judge said obama letting Drug cartel go free out of jail is a sin and helping the wicked Obama… Dec 2013

    Federal Judge said making Christians sin or be fined by Satan is unconstitutional… Nov 2013

    This is not ObamaCare regulations it is really SatanCare control over all Christians…and All Christian Churches on Earth.

    In Egypt, Egypt Christians under attack and being slaughtered by Muslim and Satan sorry obama goes to play golf on
    Martha’s Vineyard six rounds of it… White House

    Is Satan and obama one or is Satan just got control of him.

    The World Needs Now More Than Ever Leaders That Live And Lead By Our LORD’s Word.

    The World’s Once LARGEST ECONOMIC ENGINE comes to an end and our leaders did almost nothing why?
    20,000 + Homeless Residents Living on the street of Detroit, Mi clearly see your change they voted for you Obama.

    50 Potential Terrorist Acts Prevented and most all could have been done without violating over 300 million American’s GOD given and OUR U.S. CONSTITUTION RIGHTS TO FREEDOM. How many aided or watched and did not a thing?

    AROUND THE WORLD MANY JOURNALIST HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIFE FOR TELLING THE WORLD THE TRUTH.

    JUST ONE OF MANY MEXICO IS KILLING THE PRESS AND JOURNALIST

    FOR EXPOSING THE LAUNDERING OF BILLIONS.

    IS THIS NEXT TO HAPPEN IN THE USA?

    (“Press Freedom: Journalist in Mexico Killed for Reporting on Drug Cartels | Human Rights First”)

    (Journalist around the world are killed for Reporting on and about the bad wicked corrupt leaders, that their bad deeds out number their good deeds. Only in government for the power and money.)

    True Blooded Americans fly OLD GLORY the day might come soon that it will

    be your last time.

    (“IRAN and NORTH KOREA WE ARE GOING TO TAKE DOWN THE USA obama too late i already did it.”) This may soon not be so funny, as just a cartoon.)

    North Korean ship caught in Panama with Military Weapons Missiles two Mig fighter jets and more. This ship is only one of how many more that have got by?

    Fort Hood the CIA and FBI Terrorism Task Force had been watching this man and

    knew he was a Traitor to the USA and had done acts of TREASON. Why was he not

    already in jail? 50 Potential Terrorist? Or aiding some?

    What leader on earth would watch someone do acts of treason against his Nation

    and not stop them on the first or second act little lone wait till they cold

    heart ed Murdered many be for he put him in jail. USA Leaders if you are

    lost and need a role model look to Canada.

    Every 9-11 they are going to try.

    This 9-11-2013 the (Million Muslims March On Washington D.C.)

    Only a SICK LEADER WOULD LET THEM DO THIS.

    Every 9-11 they are going to try.

    September the wicked will always look to kill others Munich Germany 1972. 11 of

    the ISRAELI Olympic Athletes were killed by the wicked. Special Forces sent Air

    Mail to ten terrorist training PLO Bases in SYRIA and LEBANON in

    response. 200 died 11 for 200 you do the math. The wicked are at war with all

    that believe in Jesus Christ. Every year since they have tried or done acts of

    Terror every September only the real slow in the head in government do not know,

    to be ready each and every September. From the Religion of ? not Peace at a average

    rate of 3 or more atrocities are committed worldwide each day all in the name

    of ? islam the Religion the terrorist use.

    Some will never Learn till it is too late.

    The only group of wicked that kill close to this rate a year is the Drug Cartels.

    Friends of Obama get away with anything right? Fort Hood Work place Bull

    S… cover up.

    In the hearts of every True American that has ever stepped foot on a United

    Stated Military Base. These 13 Murdered Victims already have are Heart, and in our

    minds We All Know They Have Clearly Earned the PURPLE HEART ALREADY.

    Some of our leaders of this One Nation Under GOD need to be on trial for

    TREASON.

    We The People Live by are Lord GOD and “The U.S. CONSTITUTION”

    NOT SOME SICK IN THE HEAD LEADERS.

    “The U.S. CONSTITUTION ARTICLE III SECTION 3.”

    (AID OR COMFORT TO THE ENEMIES HOSTILE TO US)

    (ANY ASSISTANCE RENDERED TO A FOREIGN STATE HOSTILE TO US)

    (CONDUCT WHICH UNDERMINES THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OR ARE GOVERNMENT OR ARE

    NATIONAL SECURITY)

    Negotiating with terrorists act of TREASON.

    GIVING ARE TAX MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRIES THAT SUPPORT TERRORIST OR TERRORIST

    GROUPS ACT OF TREASON.

    Taking down are Military by WEAKEN MILITARY READINESS YET KEEPS SENDING MANY

    MILLIONS OF OUR TAX MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

    THIS IS OBAMA’S PLAN FOR JOBS WORKING AS HE PLANED.

    MASSIVE TAX ON ALL EMPLOYERS PUTTING MILLIONS OUT OF WORK.

    MANY MORE EMPLOYERS CUT FULL TIMERS TO PART TIME.

    THE ONCE LARGEST ECONOMIC ENGINE IN THE WORLD

    MOTOR CITY USA SHUTDOWN

    (CONDUCT WHICH UNDERMINES THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OR ARE GOVERNMENT OR ARE NATIONAL SECURITY)

    What Part of this did

    all Americans let anyone cut out of our hearts or are (U.S. CONSTITUTION) “The U.S. CONSTITUTION ARTICLE III SECTION 3.”

    MORE THEN 50 MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF WORK OR ON FOOD AID THIS YEAR 2013. AND SOME

    SO CALLED U.S. LEADERS OF WHAT THE WICKED ARE GOING TO KEEP SENDING YOUR TAXES OUT OF THE COUNTRY?

    Why to keep taking a piece of the pie for them self’s. Too many of these so called leaders went

    into office with little to nothing and leave with millions, and they think that all America is that stupid.

    They must be working more for them self then for GOD and Country.

    Americans the next time you vote use a Black Pen not a pencil may be your

    vote will count.

    Leaders that put pencils in the voting

    poll-booths need to be in jail. If they will not safe guard America who

    will? Pencils to vote with and the wicked call this safeguarding your

    vote. Anything that can be changed or tampered with is NOT to be used in

    a voting place ever this was taught to all board of elections back when

    i was a Judge. Back then many a democrat did wicked things.

    Responsible

    for the fall of the second most powerful man in the United States of America

    Dan Rostenkowski, Democrat-Illinois

    Democrat

    controlled and run cities are some of the highest crime places in this

    country. This is sad for all that live in and around them.

    You can not

    work for satan and GOD at the same time.

    (” When Injustice Becomes Law Rebellion Becomes Duty ” THOMAS JEFFERSON ).

    (“United We Will Always Stand in GOD We Trust” George Washington and Johann Paul Schott 12/24/1776. 3:45AM)

    (“In GOD We Trust”)
    The United States of America’s Motto July 30, 1956.
    King David’s Motto 3,000 years ago.

    Soon all the World will Pray to Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ.

    “United We Will Always Stand in Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ We Trust”

    True Americans
    True Patriots

    GOD Bless

    May are Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

    Guide and Watch over us all.

    The Lord’s Little Helper

    Paul Felix Schott

    PS

    IS THIS THE?

    (((The U.S.A. land base of the Great Satan

    Concealing And Laundering Billions

    From the Sweat and Blood Work Of Millions of Christians

    That follow our Lord Jesus Christ

    And they will cut your head off if you have a Bible just like

    (PAUL MARSHALL JOHNSON JR.)

    Islamic Republic Den Of Spies And Espionage

    2209 Wisconsin Avenue N.W. Washington D.C. 20007

    202-965-4990)))

    WE ALL NEED TO KEEP WATCH FOR TERRORIST NOT PATRIOTIC AMERICANS.

    AROUND THE WORLD MANY HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIFE FOR TELLING THE WORLD THE TRUTH

    i pray we Americans are past the 1750’s some wicked leaders are not. Looks like then are doing witch hunts

    Witch-hunt undermining those with differing view of the Wicked that work not for GOD and Country.

    Was US State Department Navy SEAL Sean Smith and CIA security Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods and J. Christopher Stevens lives “Silence ed” to cover up the Billions of USA Money that some of our leaders are Laundering out of America to the wicked?

    This 9-11-2013 the (Million Muslims March On Washington D.C.) is Obama giving them the keys to the White House?

    So far over Two Million + and counting America’s Patriotic Bikers were going to Washington D.C. THIS 9 – 11- 2013.

    Obama said no to the American Patriotic Bikers not his Muslims WHY?

    The World is going to Solar Energy UK has more EV Charging Stations then gas. Americans Wake up.

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