Several of Obama's key surveillance changes are hampered by legal, logistics complications

  • Article by: STEPHEN BRAUN , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 20, 2014 - 1:52 PM

WASHINGTON — Several of the key surveillance reforms unveiled by President Barack Obama face complications that could muddy the proposals' lawfulness, slow their momentum in Congress and saddle the government with heavy costs and bureaucracy, legal experts warn.

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WaterBunkerJan. 20, 14 2:24 PM

What a surprise...an Obama proposal that saddles the government with heavy costs and more bureaucracy.

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speakinfactsJan. 20, 14 2:30 PM

It's almost as if a community activist with no experience is running the show. This must be embarrassing for those who voted for this clown.....some of them TWICE!

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newpaperJan. 20, 14 3:47 PM

What?? You mean this stuff is complicated and doesn't feet neatly into a soundbite or an internet meme?

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selfmadeJan. 20, 14 4:01 PM

Hilarious...By breaking privacy laws and stealing our personal activity/info without a warrant, there will be additional privacy laws being broken if that stolen info is now shared with a third party so the government can't use said stolen info to do bad things with it. Gotcha. Can you think of a more asinine collection of invalids representing the people of the United States? Unreal...

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speakinfactsJan. 20, 14 4:02 PM

More ready, fire, aim from Obama.

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bannedmuggsJan. 20, 14 4:34 PM

Again? Shouldn't he have known this? Is Gitmo closed yet? Are all the troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq? Does everyone get to keep their doctors and policies? Do all families save on average $2500 in healthcare premiums? Do 30 million Americans now have health coverage? Why is it that Obama always promises something and then after the fact, something holds up his promise?

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blorangeJan. 20, 14 5:01 PM

Obama's administration is attempting to avoid a Supreme Court battle over this data collection scheme, not protect anyone's rights. 1979 Smith v. Maryland decided that citizens have no right to privacy regarding data held by phone companies collected as part providing services. This is not privacy reform.

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