17 January 2014

Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance

Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance

Today President Obama plans to announce some reportedly limited reforms to National Security Agency surveillance programs. Since the first disclosures based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Obama has offered his own defenses of the programs. But not all of the president’s claims have stood up to scrutiny. Here are some of the misleading assertions he has made. 1. There have been no abuses. 2. At least 50 terrorist threats have been averted. 3. The NSA does not do any domestic spying. 4. Snowden failed to take advantage of whistleblower protections.

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