Obama Announces Plans To Reform Surveillance Programs | ThinkProgress

President Obama announced on Friday that he plans to institute new reforms to include greater oversight of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, just over two months after former NSA consultant Edward Snowden leaked secret documents detailing their scope and reach.

During a White House press conference, Obama noted that, as he stated in a speech back in May, he had planned conducting thorough review of the oversight of U.S. counterterror programs but Snowden’s leaks have forced a conversation about them in a “very passionate but not always fully informed way.”

“it’s right” to ask questions about surveillance, Obama said, but “it’s not enough for me to have confidence in these programs, the American people have to have confidence in them as well.” Thus, the president announced four steps toward reform.

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