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By Amanda Byas     Aug 10, 2013 in Politics
President Obama announced the first broadcast review of the US surveillance programs since September 11, 2001 on Friday, in what appears to be the President’s first response to the mounting public concern relating to disclosures by Edward Snowden.
After weeks in which the Obama and senior intelligence authorities have insisted that the privacy of the US citizens was appropriately protected, the president stated a series of measures designed at containing the dispute prompted by the Guardian’s leaks.
At the White House press meeting, which just happens to be his first full question-and-answer session in over three months – Obama said that disclosures about the National Security Agency’s activities had led many Americans to inquiry their trust in the government and sabotage the country’s reputation worldwide. However, he made it clear that the programs would still remain in place.
Broadcasting that a panel of independent figures would “review our intelligence and communications technologies.” Obama claimed: “We need a new thinking for a new era.”
In reference to the series of confessions by the Guardian over the last couple of months, Obama said the “drip by drip” chute of stories based on forms provided by Snowden had impacted public views.
Obama announced:
It is not enough for me as president to have confidence in these programs. The American people need to have confidence in them as well.
Obama began his press meeting by broadcasting what he depicted as “four specific steps” designed to soothe the public, while cultivating the US’s reputation worldwide. The propositions included a commitment to work with Congress on Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which had been used to authorize the bulk collection of millions of US phone records.
Obama will work alongside with the legislators to re-do the secretive foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court, which allows the NSA legal power for its bulk collection, to make it more confrontational. Obama conceded the court worked on the basis of biased proceedings.
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