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NSA Pushing to Get Mass Surveillance Powers

According to TheGuardian, the National Security Agency making a final public push to retain as much of their controversial mass surveillance powers as they can, before President Barack Obama’s forthcoming announcement about the future scope of US surveillance.

Currently, the judges on the panel rely entirely on the NSA to explain how the agency’s complex technological systems work, an institutional disadvantage that judges have highlighted in secret rulings bemoaning “systemic” misrepresentations by the powerful surveillance agency.

But security officials are arguing strongly against curtailing the substance of domestic surveillance activities. 

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday that Obama will unveil his surveillance proposals on January 17. 

Expectations are high that Obama will follow the recommendations of a review group he set up, which suggested that the responsibility for the bulk domestic call records database should be transferred from the NSA to a third party, such as the phone companies. 

Obama’s White House staff were meeting representatives of tech firms on Friday, concluding a packed week packed of meetings with surveillance stakeholders.

Even as Inglis, who will soon retire, argued against the restriction of his agency’s powers, he said the burden will be on the NSA to be more forthcoming about what its activities actually are. 

“We have to actually kind of be more transparent going forward, so the American public understands what we do, why we do it, how we do it,” he told NPR.

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