President Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

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  • Anti Government Alpine, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 3:07 p.m.

    It must be great to be President Obama.

    What other position allows you to authorize and condone warrantless searches on email and cell phones and then turn around, when it becomes exposed as too invasive, and attempt to take credit for stopping the intrusion?? Acting like he is saving you from something he signed off on!

    What is just as fascinating is the liberals who continue to excuse this behavior.

    Same thing he did with his healthcare legislation. Tell the people one thing over and over again regarding keeping doctors/plans. Then when it is exposed as a blatant lie he says we will suspend or not enforce it and appeared to try take credit for doing the victims of this legislation a favor.

    Anyone see a pattern yet?


  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Jan. 17, 2014 12:31 p.m.

    I watched the entire speech, and was truly impressed. Pres. Obama discussed the situation very rationally (although he frequently repeated himself). He praised the NSA and other security agencies, and recommended two changes, only one of which was mentioned in this article.

    The other was a limit on the kinds of queries that can be made to this phone number activity database. With judicial permission, NSA can use it to determine which phone numbers have been used to connect directly with a phone used by a suspected threat. Formerly, they could also identify phone numbers connected with those connecting phones, but by executive order these can no longer be identified from the database.

    The only thing that Pres. Obama said that I found disingenuous was his stated goal that the committee researching alternate control of this database would propose a solution within 60 days. Clearly, that isn't going to happen.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 12:25 p.m.

    Isn't it funny that barack(and other presidents) knew about this for years and years, and only when details get released to the public does he decide something needs to be changed. If changing it was the right thing to do, why did barack wait until whistleblowers uncovered the truth?

    What this says is they'll continue to lie(by not telling the truth) about what happens, and only admit what is no longer possible to deny.

    Woudlnt it have been nice if barack had decided to tell us he was changing something that was wrong BEFORE a whistleblower had to uncover it?

  • ute alumni SLC, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    i think he is still evolving on this one

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    Why not let TARGET stores protect the information.

    I do wonder however, if a change in the storage procedures will affect that new NSA facility being built south of Salt Lake City. I thought that data storage was the main purpose of it. It would be a typical government operation to now abandon it after spending millions to build it.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Jan. 17, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    HA! Anyone who believes this also believed Barry's lie about "you can keep your plan. You can keep your doctor."

  • Ben Mathews Lehi, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    He doesn't have to "call" for an end. The spying isn't mandated by law. The NSA is part of the Department of Defense which directly reports to President Obama. All he has to do is send a memo directing it to stop.