President Barack Obama said Thursday that he'll be reining in some of the snooping conducted by the National Security Agency, but he did not detail what new limits he plans to impose on the embattled spy organization."I'll be proposing some self-restraint on the NSA. And...to initiate some reforms that can give people more confidence, " Obama told Chris Matthews in an interview recorded for MSNBC's "Hardball."
The president insisted that the NSA's work shows respect for the rights of Americans, but he conceded that its activities are often more intrusive when it comes to foreignerscommunicating overseas.
"The N.S.A. actually does a very good job about not engaging in domestic surveillance, not reading people's emails, not listening to the contents of their phone calls. Outside of our borders, the NSA's more aggressive. It's not constrained by laws," Obama said.
The president pointed to an outside panel he set up in August to look into how the government was collecting surveillance data in the era of 'big data.' The five-member group is set to deliver its final report to Obama by Dec. 15.
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Just a tiny tiny tiny bit of good news. But does not go far enough, not far enough at all. What about all the surveillance at home? I suspect not a whole lot will change also with overseas data gathering as well.