President Obama said Americans shouldn't just trust he is “doing the right thing" on surveillance because we have congressional and judicial oversight. Recent FISA Court documents and a hindered Senate investigation are proving otherwise.
Obama announced an end to the NSA's bulk collection "as it currently exists." But he must hold himself to this and reaffirm the principle that law-abiding citizens have a right to be free from government surveillance.
The adoption of NSA recommendations purposed by the President's task force would not solve all the problems with NSA’s surveillance activities, but it is an auspicious starting point for a national discussion about intelligence reform.
The NSA went from playing offense to defense after a federal judge ruled its surveillance program is unlikely unconstitutional. In 2014 and beyond, nothing will ever be the same in the national debate we are having over domestic surveillance.
The US government is currently operating under the theory that it must collect the entire haystack to find the needle. But what happens to the rest of the haystack – information about law-abiding citizens that gets swept up in the mix?