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Post time 2014-1-18 08:39:22 |Display all floors
President Barack Obama says the United States will not apologize for the National Security Agency’s controversial spying programs at home and abroad, but promises modest changes.


During a major policy speech on Friday, Obama ordered changes to US intelligence-gathering practices, but the changes fall short of the drastic cutbacks demanded by privacy activists.

“Now let me be clear, our intelligence agencies will continue to gather information about the intentions of governments – as opposed to ordinary citizens – around the world, in the same way that the intelligence services of every other nation does. We will not apologize simply because our services may be more effective,” Obama said.

The president tried to reassure Americans and foreigners alike that the United States will take into account concerns triggered by disclosures from Edward Snowden, a former NSA and CIA contractor.

He announced a ban on eavesdropping on leaders of close friends which has ignited a diplomatic firestorm with US allies like Germany.

“But heads of state and government with whom we work closely, and on whose cooperation we depend, should feel confident that we are treating them as real partners. The changes I’ve ordered do just that,” he stated.

Obama also said that he has ordered a transition period during which the NSA’s bulk metadata program will be replaced by a “mechanism that preserves the capabilities we need without the government holding this bulk metadata.”
While the speech was designed to address privacy concerns that US surveillance has gone too far, Obama's measures were limited.

Human Rights Watch has sent a letter to Obama, urging him to rein in Washington’s spying activities and respect the privacy rights of people around the world.

Earlier this month, Amnesty International also sent an open letter to Obama and urged him to “put human rights at the center of US policy” when introducing reforms to the NSA’s spying programs.

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Post time 2014-1-18 08:40:05 |Display all floors
Hay hay:

Obama is going to cause the entire world to isolate US. And the world will boycott US. Bully ignorants always loose in the end.

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Post time 2014-1-18 08:41:30 |Display all floors
Jim in ZOG Amerika:

Fine then. The world is NO LONGER OBLIGATED to interact with the U.S. in a civil manner. The world can give itself permission to do whatever it takes to ensure their own privacy and ensure their own nation's best interests. I'm sure there's a lot of give and take with diplomacy but, if Washington is no longer willing to be the leading statesman, then the rest of the world has no obligation to treat the U.S. as anything but a rogue Zionist thug. A thug only respects violence against him and the world is going to have to confront the U.S. with FORCE at every turn.

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Post time 2014-1-18 08:42:00 |Display all floors
skipNclair:

Has the USA ever apologized for anything? I mean when you think your better then God and can do no wrong why should you ever have too. Since the beginning what they did to the american indian up to yesterday when was the last time they apologized? So why ruin a perfect record?

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Post time 2014-1-18 08:42:48 |Display all floors
Westy:

This is America's attitude - it does whatever it likes. This is why the rest of the world should just totally ignore all US sanctions against all countries especially that ones against Iran and Cuba. All US owned patents on products should be ignored.

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Post time 2014-1-25 11:23:59 |Display all floors
if obama doesnt apologise for murdering innocent people, why would he apologise for spying?

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Post time 2014-1-25 12:42:28 |Display all floors
This post was edited by tedbrent at 2014-1-25 12:45
buddy1 Post time: 2014-1-18 08:40
Hay hay:

Obama is going to cause the entire world to isolate US. And the world will boycott US. Bul ...


  America doesn't have to do this because other nations are doing the same thing. Don't you know that Russia and other foreign nations have  dispatched lots of spooks to America? If you think America has to say sorry,  then most nations on earth should say sorry because they have spies  and conduct assorted espionage activities at home and abroad.

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