#NSA : Security is a `Step by Step Process’ Step One in Place `Now’ We `Need’ Step Two” Mr Obama”

#AceGuestNews says this is an excellent post courtesy of “Cato Institute” and their `Liberty for All’ spot.
Good First Steps, But Real Surveillance Reform Will Require More

JANUARY 17, 2014 1:35PM

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`NSA Has Their Eye On You’

The president’s speech on surveillance today proposed some welcome first steps toward appropriately limiting an expanding surveillance state — notably, an end to the NSA’s bulk phone metadata program in its current form, and a recognition that judges, not NSA analysts, must determine whose records will be scrutinized.

The details are important, however. Obama’s speech left open the possibility that bulk collection might continue with some third-party — which would in effect be an arm of government — as a custodian. If records are left with phone carriers, on the other hand, it’s important to resist any new legal mandate that would require longer or more extensive retention of private data than ordinary business purposes require.

It was disappointing, however, to see that many of the recommendations offered by Obama’s own Surveillance Review Group were either neglected or specifically rejected. While the unconstitutional permanent gag orders attached to National Security Letters will be time-limited, they will continue to be issued by FBI agents, not judges, for sensitive financial and communications records.

Nor did the president address NSA’s myopic efforts to degrade the security of the Internet by compromising the encryption systems relied on by millions of innocent users. And it is also important to realize that changing one controversial program does not alter the broader section 215 authority, which can still be used to collect other types of records in bulk—and for all we know, may already be used for that purpose.

Most fundamentally, Congress must now act to cement these reforms in legislation — and to extend them —to ensure safeguards implemented by one president cannot be secretly undone by another.

 

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US ” Obama Promises Germany l Will not Wiretap – Adding Really”

#AceWorldNews says BERLIN – US President Barack Obama told Germans and their leader on Saturday he would not let intelligence work damage relations, and differences of opinion between the two countries was no reason to wiretap.

In a rare interview on German TV, Obama set out to mend ties frayed last year by media reports citing leaked intelligence documents that Washington was spying on European Union citizens and had bugged Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

“I must and cannot damage this relationship through surveillance measures that obstruct our trusting communication,” Obama told ZDF public TV, according to a German translation of his comments.
“As long as I am the President of the United States, the German Chancellor need not worry about that,” he added.
The interview came a day after Obama banned US eavesdropping on the leaders of close allies, among a series of reforms triggered by the revelations of former US security contractor #Edward-Snowden.
Obama’s comments on Saturday were his clearest indication that Germany was included in that list of allies.
Merkel and he “may not always be of the same opinion on issues of foreign policy, but that is no reason to Wire-Tap,” he told ZDF.

The German leader accused the United States of an unacceptable breach of trust after the allegations about her mobile in October and phoned Obama to tell him any bugging was unacceptable. Berlin has since been pushing for a sweeping “no-spy” agreement with Washington.
Obama stopped short of apologising over the allegations on Saturday and defended the importance of US intelligence work for international security.

The capabilities of the US services went “beyond the abilities of many other states,” he said, and that meant a “special responsibility for the United States”.

“Why would we need intelligence services if they only found out things you can read in Spiegel (magazine) or the New York Times,” he asked.

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#NSA : ” Newly Declassified Memo Reveals Leaks on NSA Supplied by Edward Snowden Pushed Canada to Review its Surveillance Sharing with other Countries”

#AceWorldNews says a newly declassified memo reveals that leaks on the US National Security Agency supplied by former contractor #Edward-Snowden pushed Canada’s own spy agency to review its policies on sharing intelligence with America and other surveillance partners, Toronto Star reported. The three-page note from Communications Security Establishment Canada head John Forster says the Snowden leaks drove CSEC to examine whether the disclosures would damage its signals intelligence collecting abilities, as well as how the leaks would impact CSEC’s policies on domestic surveillance. The memo was intended for national security adviser Stephen Rigby and was prepared in mid-2013, not long after Snowden’s leaks were first published. The memo was obtained by Toronto Star under the Access to Information Act.

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