Warning! Reuters is a card-carrying member of the lamestream media.
I must be getting a stronger stomach, as I was actually able to read the following article without throwing up or, alternatively, breaking out in gales of laughter. That Obama should actually claim to pledge greater transparency in the surveillance of Americans is an outlandish statement. Then again, he promised his administration would be the most transparent in US history. Of course, rhetoric aside, it has been the most secretive. Still, Reuters would have us all believe he means it, this time. To that I say, baloney! He is all talk. He does the opposite of what he says. It really is getting old. His rhetorical claptrap is getting redundant and tiresome. Take your vacation Obama, (Is this his twelfth this year? I’ve lost track.). Go hide with your friends on Martha’s Vineyard. – Shorty Dawkins, Associate editor
The following article comes from Reuters, and was written by Steve Holland and Jeff Mason.
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced plans on Friday to limit sweeping U.S. government surveillance programs that have come under criticism since leaks by a former spy agency contractor, saying the United States “can and must be more transparent.”
“Given the history of abuse by governments, it’s right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives,” Obama told a news conference at the White House.
Saying that it was important to strike the right balance between security and civil liberties, Obama said he was unveiling specific steps to improve oversight of surveillance and restore public trust in the government’s programs.
“It’s not enough for me as president to have confidence in these programs. The American people need to have confidence in them, as well,” Obama said, adding that he was confident the programs were not being abused.
The announcement – made just before Obama heads for summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard – may be greeted as at least a partial victory for supporters of ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden who is now in Russia, where he was granted asylum last week.
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