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President Addresses Intelligence Surveillance Reforms

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

On Friday (January 17), President Barack Obama addressed the nation and the world regarding US signals intelligence procedures amidst heightened privacy activism and international diplomatic tensions with allies. The reforms were based in part on a lengthy report by a review group on intelligence and communications technologies.

RE: “Liberty and Security in a Changing World”

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies was a diverse five member panel consisting of representatives from: counterterrorism, intelligence, oversight, privacy and civil liberties. Together the team typed up a lengthy 308 page report called, “Liberty and Security in a Changing World” and met with the President last Wednesday to discuss their recommendations.

FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) is introducing the FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act of 2013 to revise the PATRIOT and FISA Acts by assuring that any US citizens that are targeted for surveillance are engaging in or communicating with terrorists.

Senator Leahy said that: “As Americans we have the right to know what our government does and why…The comprehensive legislation I’m introducing today will not only improve the privacy protections and accountability provisions associated with these authorities, it’s going to strengthen oversight and transparency.”

The move is an attempt to empower the courts, protect innocent Americans from intrusion and take away any broad sweeping domestic intelligence gatherings like those leaked classified FISA court orders.