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President Barack Obama announced new measures Friday to increase transparency and reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court amid growing concerns over the National Security Agency's widespread surveillance programs.
But despite his embrace of reforms, the president had little sympathy for Snowden when asked if the former government contractor
What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater.
The details of that and other rulings about how FISA laws are actually being interpreted remain secret. Sen. Jeff Merkley
The courts have a role to play in ensuring that government surveillance complies with the Constitution. We'll find out on Tuesday whether the Obama administration is finally willing to let the courts play that role.
Programs that allow governments to spy on their own citizens are often directed against writers and intellectuals and pose a serious threat to the intellectual and creative freedoms of all citizens.
Though they Obama/FISA protest group now has one objective (urging Obama to change his vote), by increasing its membership, mission and ambition, it has the makings of a broader successful net movement.
Yet Barack Obama has been mostly silent as the House caved into White House demands for more surveillance power this week
Under Democratic control, Congress is doing even worse on illegal spying than the Republicans.