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12 Responses to Obama to unveil plan to end NSA bulk data collection

  1. Joe · 159 days ago

    Mr. Obama is scarcely better than his predecessor, and much worse when it comes to civil liberties -- odd for being a one-time Constitutional lawyer, isn't it?

    • Read My Lips - No New Lies · 158 days ago

      Have you ever met an honest politician? They all tell the same lies but some are better than others at holding babies, smiling, and pronouncing words correctly.

  2. Richard Klimming · 159 days ago

    It sounds good from an economic point of view, we can allocate a bit of the money that was going towards their surveillance elsewhere. However, it's pretty much the same from a social point of view; it's just a matter of who's funding it. If something like this absolutely has to exist (which, in a world with people who are power-hungry and greedy, it will), I'd rather not be funding it with my own tax dollars.

  3. Quite frankly, I've grown to the point of total disillusionment with the past administration as well as the current one...

    Here in America — we are standing on the precipice of dragnet surveillance wrapped within constitutional law that is subverted. Obama's proposal is an illusion, a diversion — call it what you will.

    The NSA will keep doing what it is doing and the phone companies will keep doing what they are doing. Nothing is going to change.

  4. rakso75 · 159 days ago

    As far as I remember Obama promised to close Guantanamo before one year if he won the (first) elections.

    How long did that take him? Ahh, Guantanamo is not yet closed??? Well, what is he promising now? ok... (a.k.a. whatever)

  5. Anonymous · 158 days ago

    I dislike most of everything Obama is doing, but I agree with this approach. This takes the burden of data collection off the NSA, which, consequently, takes it out of their hands. Some may argue that it doesn't make a difference whether the NSA collects the data or another organization, but I think it does. It's the difference between checking out a book from the library vs. owning the library. In both cases you have access to the data, but with the former you are limited to just a small quantity at any one time. The NSA only ever needs a little at a time anyway.

  6. Gavin · 158 days ago

    I fully agree with the above commenters. This is nothing more than a small legislative tweak to one small piece of the NSA's dragnet data collection practices.

    If they have a rousing enough debate about the details of phone metadata collection maybe we will conveniently ignore QUANTUM and TEMPORA and the gazillion other invasive programs that NSA, GCHQ and the other "Eyes" use to scoop up as much private data on the world's citizens as possible.

  7. Blake · 158 days ago

    Lesson here.....do not say anything on the phone you don't want the government to know! Just like people should not take nude photos of themselves and put it on their phones and computers. It is common sense people!

  8. Andrew · 158 days ago

    Do I trust anything these guy's are gonna do. NO

  9. MD · 158 days ago

    I think the majority of people miss the point here. The majority of terror plots that were thwarted in recent memory have been due to the ability to see communications between the actors involved. One could always argue that the information collected is used for other purposes too, which may be right or wrong. But, preventing mass deaths of innocents is enough to justify having programs like this to begin with. Unless, of course, there is a better way to do that -to which I, for one, am all ears.

    • rakso75 · 158 days ago

      Possible better way: traditional detective job, using intelligent and experienced officers (together with learning juniors) that gather intel from relevant sources, investigate leads, collect targeted and useful info, analyse and extract data from them, connect the dots, share info with other police and criminal research entities... all that under democratic control.

      How about that?

      P.S. actually, are we safer now than before? If we just rely on powerful machines spying all what goes around and forget about smart analysis by people that are able to see beyond a big collection of numbers, will we be really safer?

  10. Dennis · 158 days ago

    BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, and more blather and political rhetoric.

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