ACLU says Obama plan for surveillance reforms falls short, but that’s not the only problem

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As expected,  US President Obama’s proposed reforms for USA espionage fall short in many ways:

January 17, 2014

American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero said Mr. Obama fell short on hits reforms for mass collection of American data, saying that the president didn’t call directly for the end of such collection at the NSA and failed to call for an end to U.S. government collection of other American records under that same provision of the Patriot Act.

“He appears open to mending bulk data collection, but he does not commit to ending bulk data collection,” he said. “Bulk data collection and retention is the quintessential unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment.”

In addition, Mr. Obama established a new process for an annual evaluation of surveillance targets that weighs costs and benefits of stealing communications from a particular individual.

He also spelled out new protections for non-U.S. citizens, specifying that surveillance will only be done to counter espionage, terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, cyberthreats, dangers to U.S. and allied armed forces, and transnational criminal threats.

“The bottom line is that people around the world—regardless of their nationality—should know that the United States is not spying on ordinary people who don’t threaten our national security, and that we take their privacy concerns into account,” Mr. Obama said. “This applies to foreign leaders as well.”

There are now also new limits on the length of time the U.S. can hold data of non-U.S. individuals who aren’t of foreign intelligence interest.

On the controversial practice of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s issuing so-called national-security letters that demand data and don’t require judicial review, Mr. Obama isn’t accepting the recommendation of his handpicked review panel that they require a judge’s sign-off.

I agree with the position that what has been proposed will not sufficiently restore privacy rights.

Furthermore, the damage to reputation of the USA and its relationship to Europe has been done (though more revelations about USA/UK espionage could worsen this further).  This is something that the Europeans will not forget.  This is the bigger problem that today’s proposal will not resolve.  It will also be devastating for the USA in the future (cf. Daniel 11:39).

Additionally, if the USA does stop monitoring conversations of foreign leaders, this will affect the USA’s defenses.  Yet now, if it does it again and gets caught again, this will hurt the USA.

While I applaud true privacy rights, I do not believe that the proposal restores them or will stop the end time Beast power from using espionage techniques that President Obama has already said the USA will share with the Europeans to try to appease them.  History has shown that appeasing various ones in Europe does not work in the long run.

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