December 19th, 2013
03:01 PM ET
12 months ago

Surveillance program is now Obama's to own

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama stands at a significant crossroad.

On Wednesday, he received a set of recommendations from a panel he appointed to review the government's surveillance programs - a decision he made after Edward Snowden's blockbuster leaks about National Security Agency spying triggered outrage.


Filed under: NSA • President Obama
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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Surveillance program is now Obama's to own
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    So? It will be his successor's after him. What's your point?

    December 19, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    NSA, nothing wrong if it is done with good intention, no malafide mensrea, and for the good of the nation–very valid in legal system, so GOP, don't nag.

    December 19, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Soooooo, it started with the shrub #43 and it will continue, sooooooo?

    December 19, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "So? It will be his successor's after him. What's your point?"
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    Their point is that he's black, he's a Dem, he's slightly left of center, he's trounced the GOP/Teatrolls in national elections twice, he's done a buttload of good things that the MSM doesn't really want to talk about, the GOP/Teatrolls are angry about it all, and the MSM has ad revenue to generate to keep corporate happy.

    December 19, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. just asking

    Surveillance program is now Obama's to own
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    that's funny..... everybody else thought he owned it the first day he was in office. isn't that why he got elected? oh yeah, he didn't know about it because he didn't see it in the newspapers. funny how he signed orders to shut down gitmo on the first day though.

    obama is truly the first bystander president in our history. he talks and acts like he isn't resposnsible for anything, it is all somebody elses. obama, the no buck stopping here president.

    December 19, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Pres. Obama might own them, but you can bet that Republicans are going to make sure he doesn't run them.

    December 19, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Sniffit
    "So? It will be his successor's after him. What's your point?"
    ===

    Their point is that he's black, he's a Dem, he's slightly left of center, he's trounced the GOP/Teatrolls in national elections twice, he's done a buttload of good things that the MSM doesn't really want to talk about, the GOP/Teatrolls are angry about it all, and the MSM has ad revenue to generate to keep corporate happy.
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    I thought that's what it might be Sniffit!

    December 19, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    obama is truly the first bystander president in our history. he talks and acts like he isn't resposnsible for anything, it is all somebody elses. obama, the no buck stopping here president.
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    PDB – Bin Laden Determined To Strike In U.S.

    Bystander you say?!?!?!

    December 19, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    I remember when the Bushies got into spying on us. You right wingnuts said you had no problem with the attack on your rights of privacy because you had nothing to hide. It appears that you wingnuts do have a lot to hide.

    December 19, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Just – Where do you get your misinformation? So much hate from such a small mind.

    December 19, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    @just asking "obama is truly the first bystander president in our history."
    Unless it is the ACA, then he did too much.
    Typical conservative double speak – Obama does nothing and is also taking over everything and controlling everyone.
    You realize those are opposite right?

    December 19, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    Surveillance program is now Obama's to own
    -

    that's funny..... everybody else thought he owned it the first day he was in office. isn't that why he got elected? oh yeah, he didn't know about it because he didn't see it in the newspapers. funny how he signed orders to shut down gitmo on the first day though.

    obama is truly the first bystander president in our history. he talks and acts like he isn't resposnsible for anything, it is all somebody elses. obama, the no buck stopping here president.
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    Referesh my memory: how many hundreds of days did Bush spend on vacation in Crawford, evading his responsibilities? No matter how you slice it, Obama has been willing to own up to everything he has done from successes to screwup: you're just too blinkered and pig-headed to admit it.

    December 19, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. rs

    obama is truly the first bystander president in our history.
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    Flip-flop, flip-flop. Which is it JS? Is the duly elected President of the United States, one B.H. Obama the utlimate totalitarian or the bystander? Really, you can't whine both ways.

    December 19, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. anonymous

    On Wednesday, he received a set of recommendations from a panel he appointed to review the government's surveillance programs – a decision he made after Edward Snowden's blockbuster leaks about National Security Agency spying triggered outrage.
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    Has Obama taken or acted on ANY of the many panels he has formed? NO. This is all just the usual circus, the appearance of action, nothing will be done. That would require work and we all know that at this point, Obama has very little desire to interrupt his busy golf schedule, unless it involves giving a divisive speech or holding a celebrity event to rake in millions from the rich Hollywood elite.

    December 19, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. rs

    The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    Surveillance program is now Obama's to own

    that's funny..... everybody else thought he owned it the first day he was in office. isn't that why he got elected? oh yeah, he didn't know about it because he didn't see it in the newspapers. funny how he signed orders to shut down gitmo on the first day though.

    obama is truly the first bystander president in our history. he talks and acts like he isn't resposnsible for anything, it is all somebody elses. obama, the no buck stopping here president.
    ******************
    Referesh my memory: how many hundreds of days did Bush spend on vacation in Crawford, evading his responsibilities?
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    Officially it was almost 3.5 YEARS.

    December 19, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |