Members of Congress still want their shot at surveillance reform

� Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
President Barack Obama is seen through a teleprompter during his Friday speech at the Justice Department.

Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 01/18/2014 - 09:33 am.

    Security and civil liberty – a false contention…

    …that these must sum to zero is being used to strip the people of effective legal protection from a powerful government. Likewise, its purveyors seek to distract the people from the root causes of terrorism, which more than anything else, involve issues of economic and political justice.

    For “10 NSA Myths Debunked”, see

    http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175792/tomgram%3A_peter_van_buren%2C_we_have_to_destroy_our_constitution_to_save_it/

    It is disheartening to see Obama pitch all these myths as the foundation of national policy regarding state security.

  2. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 01/18/2014 - 10:42 am.

    What undercuts national security

    is having elected officials like Michele Bachmann and James Inhofe to name but a few who not only don’t “get it” when it comes to serious public issues but really don’t want to “get it” because it feeds the vanity of their equally uninformed supporters. Accusing the President of proposing something like limitations on the FISA court which itself has ruled that the secret branches of government are out of control in surveilling us only reveals how unintelligent and misinformed she is. Again, she and her ilk in the Capitol would be advised to observe Lincoln’s dictum about saying nothing let you reveal yourselves as the fools you are.

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 01/18/2014 - 11:05 am.

    Obama punts again

    What a leader. Not. This is Syria redux.

  4. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 01/19/2014 - 09:43 pm.

    Congress will decide nothing

    After months of hearings and proposed legislation, nothing will change from what the President wants as he continues to rule by executive order.

    I would also like to hear the Al Qaeda view of “root causes of terrorism, which more than anything else, involve issues of economic and political justice.” If we just knew how they were being economically challenged or politically
    mistreated, we could stop their justified beheadings and killings of innocent people.

    • Submitted by Steve Titterud on 01/20/2014 - 11:29 am.

      Change American foreign policy, and terrorism will decline.

      Who has killed more people, by direct and indirect actions over the last 20 years, compared with the U.S. ??

      We have done a great deal to create and sustain the very terrorist organizations our government claims as mortal enemies.

      • Submitted by Tom Anderson on 01/20/2014 - 08:00 pm.

        Not sure, waiting for your data

        I admit that these last five years have been awful as far as U.S. foreign policy and the number of deaths that some might attribute to the U.S. (especially in Iraq). Perhaps when we gather and provide blame assessment for the deaths in the Middle East, Africa, etc. we can create a plan that allows us to help the terrorist organizations that are killing the most people.

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