President Barack Obama spoke Friday at the Department of Justice.
In a speech Friday morning, President Barack Obama outlined his plans to reform the intelligence gathering practices of the National Security Agency while keeping the bulk of them in place as they are.
He provided a robust defense of the need for such practices and also attempted to balance them against the increasing concerns of government overreach by civil libertarians, lawmakers, and citizens.
“The challenge is getting the details right, and that is not simple.
And during the course of our review, I would not be where I am today were it not for the courage of dissidents like Dr. King who were spied upon by their own government,” he noted, referring to the mid-20th century American civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “And as president, a president who looks at intelligence every morning, I can’t help but be reminded that America must be vigilant in the face of threats.”
Notably, Obama immediately ordered the NSA to give up its vast control of a controversial (and perhaps even ineffective) database of telephone metadata.