Although President Obama continues to defend the policy of allowing the government to have total control and spy on US citizens, he has now proposed some limits on Friday that will purportedly end the government’s spying.
The lid was blown off the magnitude of the government’s spying by Eric Snowden when it was revealed that phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans was accessed by the NSA.
In his speech at the Justice dept, the President said,
The reforms I’m proposing today should give the American people greater confidence that their rights are being protected, even as our intelligence and law enforcement agencies maintain the tools they need to keep us safe.
The President proposed the changes because former NSA Security Analyst and former CIA employee Snowden shook the nation to it’s core when he revealed the government’s activities.
Snowden leaked information to The Guardian and The Washington Post while he was employed by an NSA Contractor.
In addition to spying to US Citizens, the NSA spied on international officials including allies of the US.
The government was quick to try to portray Snowden as “traitor” and would have liked to ignore the entire situation, however, in the face of all the information that he has, the simply cannot ignore it.
Snowden currently resides in an undisclosed location in Russia.
He is considered a fugitive by American authorities.
President Obama’s recommendations appear to be targeted to regaining the public’s trust in the government by making the process more transparent.
For many, the change in the President’s attitude has come much too late.
What do you think?