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Obama ending U.S. phone data collection inside the government

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Obama ending U.S. phone data collection inside the government
One of the first things we ever heard that put the NSA on the radar of anyone with a cell phone was that the government organization was collecting metadata from various wireless carriers, including records from U.S. citizens. There has been quite a lot more info to come out since then, and a lot of uproar about the overreaching of the NSA, but today President Obama has said that he is going to overhaul what happens.

The president said today that the government will no longer collect American phone data, and that the current stores of information collected would be moved out of the government. It is unclear where the data will be housed though. Under the new directive, individual searches will be limited, and any governmental intelligence officials will need to obtain an order from a secret national-security court in order to search phone data. 

President Obama 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. I recognize that there are additional issues that require further debate.

As far as non-American phone data, not much will change, except that there will no longer be any spying on the heads of state of close U.S. allies. Although, it should be noted that even the staff members of those heads of state are not immune from spying. The new directive makes pretty wide-reaching changes, but seems focused on phone data collection at first. Several government agencies are will feel the changes, but none more so than the NSA. 

source: WSJ


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posted on 17 Jan 2014, 11:47 15

1. ZayZay (Posts: 560; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


I totally believe this...

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 11:59 11

2. Finalflash (Posts: 1799; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


I mean why not, everything else has been so transparent and true.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 12:02 12

3. Motatrola (Posts: 33; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Sarcastic comments like this are not cool. Obama and his democratic friends have never once lied to the people...

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 12:13 12

4. hurrycanger (Posts: 1187; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


But... but you said sarcastic comments like this are not cool...

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 22:01 1

24. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 880; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


You are foolish to think that it is Democrats that lie with out Republican lying too. If you don't think Republicans lie explain weapons of mass destruction. They both lie both parties say and do what makes big corporations money. Wake up and take back America by getting rid of both lying parties. Vote for the other guy.....

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 23:00

29. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 153; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


There's no 'other guy' out there. You don't have a choice.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 14:25 1

31. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 880; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Vote for the guys with no deep pockets....the guy not tied to big business. Then don't keep re-electing the same lame assssss oppressors that make laws to make money for big business, and leave you in the dirt!

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 14:07 1

14. ZeroCide (Posts: 695; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


If you believe this I have a cell phone network in Antarctica I want to sell you cheap.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 12:31 4

5. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


"current stores of information collected would be moved out of the government..." Moved? To where? This statement worries me.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 13:36 1

10. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Private contractors, probably. They collect more data than they can sort through on a daily basis so it's offloaded to private companies who get funds from the government. Frontline did a great story on it last year.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 13:55 1

13. Augustine (Posts: 732; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


... to Gitmo, just so it's close to Cuba, where the inspiration of the such programs is found.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 12:55

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 11851; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good move Prez. You're the man bro.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 13:07 4

7. Jayshmay (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


I'm an American, I don't know who this Obama guy is.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 13:16 4

9. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


oh you're one of "them"... oh boy *facepalm

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 13:38 4

11. Jayshmay (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


Yep! One of "them" Americans. Who believes in things like the U.S. flag, the U.S. Constitution, yep, one of "them" as you say, or as I say an American. Believe it or not, there are still some left.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 15:50 3

16. Libra1985 (Posts: 47; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


You believe in a flag? Interesting......

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 16:21 2

20. Jayshmay (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


It's called the pledge of allegiance. Have you ever heard of "The Republic"??? This person who you refer to as "president" is in no way patriotic. This country is filled with people who are woefully uninformed, both of the present, and it's history.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 18:34 3

21. blazee (Posts: 283; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Everyone listen up! There are still men who believe in U.S. flag which is called the pledge of allegiance

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 19:09 2

22. DAMONORIBELLO (Posts: 91; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


You mean how 30 years ago I was uninformed by my school teachers regarding the Pilgrims and the Native Americans? And this last Thanksgiving my son was taught the same BS lies. You have no idea how uninformed we Americans are. Not one. ; )

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 22:10 1

25. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 880; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


You aren't as American as you let on....your Constitutional rights are being trampled on, Bush Cheney setup the Patriot act to steal your rights, and I bet you haven't checked to find out that the things that the NSA has done was setup during the Bush administration.

Your are just one of those foolish American's that lives under a rock, easily mislead, and wonder why you aren't rich yet when you climb up for air.

Don't get it twisted because I am not pushing Obama either.....they all suck.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 06:04 1

27. Jayshmay (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


I'm aware of the damage both the Patriot Act and the NDAA has done to diminish freedom.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 14:43 1

32. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 880; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Obama is just a cog in the wheel of the people pushing buttons. None of them are for us! We need to stop bickering among ourselves. Stop letting whites/blacks and other diverse races divide us Americans.

While we are bickering among ourselves they are helping themselves to our future posterity, and handing us scraps.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 14:56 2

15. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


How could there be a black guy ruling a white country....?

In Europe never ever will they let illegal immigrants rule it's country!

Even in Asia you are not eligible....

What a weird country America is......

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 15:51

17. Libra1985 (Posts: 47; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


I don't get it...

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 20:22

23. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Asia?
Well one Italian immigrant is ruling one of the largest country in Asia -- by Proxy.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 22:14 1

26. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 880; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


You are living under a rock for quite a while too haven't you Extradite. I bet the Indians are wondering how a white guy is ruling their country!

That illegal immigrant statement shows that you and rocks have nothing in common....they are actually smarter than you!

America is so wierd that it even allows fools like you to live here

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 14:15 1

28. mattkl (Posts: 173; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


White country? Like QWIK mentioned, INDIANS!

The educated also know The President does not "rule" the country. They also know that Europe is not a country, but a continent.
"In Europe never ever will they let illegal immigrants rule it's country!"
Someone like you would think Europe is it's own country though.

I'm not even going to start on Asia, or the country of Asia as you seem to believe as well. It's too bad the uneducated always make these funny comments.

Your last statement about America is just as bad. America is not a country either! And by weird you mean diverse? There are plenty of countries that are more strict, feel free to join them. I feel really bad for you. You discredit yourself in all four sentences.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 01:43 2

30. Cellphonator12 (Posts: 27; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Over 900 executive orders in 4 years (basically skip the congress to take decisions on issues) IS ruling the country.
Bush 62 in 8 years
Clinton 15 in 8 years

More than a president he consider himself a king.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 13:16 1

8. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


And the check's in the mail.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 13:51

12. Augustine (Posts: 732; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


The current stored data will probably be moved to Gitmo and to other illegal incarceration or torture facilities of the American Empire abroad.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 15:52

18. Libra1985 (Posts: 47; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Ok they can't hear your calls but there's still a camera on every corner watching your every move.....

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 16:05 1

19. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Secret security courts.... Nice!

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