Mish Translates Pres Obama's Speech on the NSA

 Earlier today, President Obama gave a long-awaited and long-winded speech on the NSA. The Washington Post has the transcript.

 Here are my thoughts:

 Obama says we need more "balance" between security and liberty. The president would "not dwell on Mr. Snowden’s actions or his motivations".

 I will. Edward Snowden is a national hero who should be given immunity from prosecution and welcomed back to the US.

 Instead of praising Snowden, the president says "the sensational way in which these disclosures have come out has often shed more heat than light, while revealing methods to our adversaries that could impact our operations in ways that we might not fully understand for years to come."

 I suggest the revelations by Snowden shed an immense amount of light into the downright scary surveillance tactics of the NSA.

 Obama says "I consulted with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created by Congress. I’ve listened to foreign partners, privacy advocates and industry leaders. My administration has spent countless hours considering how to approach intelligence in this era of diffuse threats and technological revolution." Continue reading

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