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

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:


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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32 Comments

1. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I totally believe this...

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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

3. Motatrola

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1760; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

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

24. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 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.....

29. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

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

31. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 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!

14. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

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

5. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

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

10. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

13. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good move Prez. You're the man bro.

7. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

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

9. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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

11. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 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.

16. Libra1985

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

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

20. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 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.

21. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

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

22. DAMONORIBELLO

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 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. ; )

25. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

27. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

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

32. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

15. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 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......

17. Libra1985

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I don't get it...

23. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

26. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 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

28. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 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.

30. Cellphonator12

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

8. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

And the check's in the mail.

12. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

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