Obama takes NSA controversy to nascent watchdog group
June 21st, 2013
06:02 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama takes NSA controversy to nascent watchdog group

(CNN) – A watchdog group meant to guard Americans' right to privacy against overreach by government cyber intelligence has been around for years.

If that makes you feel safer, consider this:

The group met Wednesday for the first time over the two-week old phone and e-mail record-gathering scandal involving the National Security Agency. It had no leader until May, and President Barack Obama meets with it for the very first time Friday.

The president wants to enlist the group to "structure a national conversation" on government cyber intelligence and civil rights.

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  1. Name willard

    Presdient obama never tell truth to amercian people what happened about frauad check scam from afrcian amercian

    June 21, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  2. Data Driven

    So the key here is that in 2010, Congress refused to confirm Obama's nominations for the PCLOB. We might have had more engaged oversight on PRISM at least 3 years ago. Now the article just refers to "Washington lawmakers", but you know it was the Republicans who "bounced" the PCLOB board nominees. Somehow, this explosive turn of events won't get weeks of coverage.

    Anyone care to defend Congress' behavior?

    June 21, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  3. dixie

    He just wants someone else to take the heat. He does not want to live by his campaine promises.

    June 21, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Washington lawmakers had bounced nominations to the PCLOB that Obama made in December 2010 back at him, only to have him nominate them again, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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    There you have the problem. Anyone the President nominates gets put on delay and it ends up having adverse consequences. Fire Mitch McConnell.

    June 21, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  5. ST

    @ dixie
    I think you do not understand how 3 bodies of the government work. Yes, Pres. Obama campaigned on a lot of things, BUT he can not giver orders that they have to be implemented. That is NOT how the system works. May I ask you to direct your criticisms to something called:"CONGRESS". Their approval rating may be can answer your criticisms even before contacting them.

    June 21, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. Guygyl

    CNN do not be an idiot by not putting my opinion in ticker–you got to be crazy or GOP briber. Nothing wrong with OBAMA on NSA and watching phone calls–why do I fear when I am clean???? Even with IRS too.

    June 21, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. Tom

    I have to congratulate Data Driven and Dutch for the single greatest spin of all time. So you're blaming repubs for not possibly approving someone (which you dont even know if that's true) for oversight of Obama but you're not going to blame Obama for his obvious over reach. Classic. You guys are the best.

    June 21, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Total sham. That's an outrageous joke on the people of this country.

    June 21, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    So you're blaming repubs for not possibly approving someone (which you dont even know if that's true) for oversight of Obama but you're not going to blame Obama for his obvious over reach.
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    If you read the article you would see that libertarian republicans requested Congress to do something about it. So yes, I blame Mitch McObstruction and the rest of his republican colleagues. As far as over reach goes, this spy program wasn't started under Obama, it was started under Bush. Bush wiretapped phone calls without a warrant while Obama put the FISA court in place to obtain a warrant. Biased much?

    June 21, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |