Obama promises to restrain the NSA, continues to praise the agency’s tactics

President Obama took the time to address some concerns linked to the NSA’s spying programs on Thursday by proposing some “self-restraint on the NSA”, but all he seemed to accomplish was to sound somewhat inconsistent.

According to Obama, “the people at the NSA, generally, are looking out for the safety of the American people. They are not interested in reading your emails. They’re not interested in reading your text messages. And that’s not something that’s done.” Multiple reports however, appear to contradict what President Obama stated. Reading our text messages or going over our emails might not be the type of things “people at the NSA” should be doing, but that does not seem to keep them from taking part in them anyway.

Many critics have been accusing President Obama of being misleading at best by stating that “we’ve got a big system of checks and balances, including the courts and Congress, who have the capacity to prevent that [spying on text messages, emails] from happening.”

Considering that most lawmakers are not allowed to come in contact with essential documents concerning the NSA’s programs, it could be hard for Congress to act effectively in keeping the NSA from using our personal data as they wish. The special relationship between the National Security Agency and those who are responsible for overseeing its work is a major obstacle for the lawmakers who are actively trying to restrain the NSA’s authority.

The fact that the NSA is not necessarily using the data it obtains from Americans and multiple other users abroad now does not make these programs any less unconstitutional.

The NSA has access to innocent cellphone users’ data without issuing warrants to obtain such information, putting these innocent people at risk of losing their right to privacy, but President Obama sustains that nobody’s personal information is at risk and that the agency’s procedures are essential to maintain us safe. It seems that President Obama forgot all about the admission made by NSA’s director before Congress in October.

According to what Gen. Keith B. Alexander said during an oversight hearing, the number of terrorist plots foiled by the NSA’s huge database of phone calls reported by the Obama Administration was incorrect and grossly exaggerated.


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