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Rights group criticizes Obama NSA reform effort

Jan 21, 2014, 9:58 AM EST
Alli McCracken joins activists protesting the surveillance of U.S. citizens by the NSA outside the Justice Department where U.S. President Barack Obama gave a major speech on reforming the NSA January 17, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama made a speech in which he pledged to reform and curtail somewhat the National Security Agency's collection of communications metadata. Tuesday, Human Rights Watch took the President to task for what it sees as a half-measure, with chief Kenneth Roth saying "the current U.S. approach . . . makes no sense whatsoever.”

Background:

Human Rights Watch says Obama NSA reforms not enough [Reuters]

U.S. public largely tuned out of intel debate, poll finds [L.A. Times]

Obama spying fix already has civil libertarians fuming [Blouin Politics]

 

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