White house says U.S. intelligence gathering may require 'additional constraints'

WASHINGTON Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:51pm EDT

General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency (NSA), chief of the Central Security Service (CSS) and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, speaks during the Black Hat USA 2013 hacker convention at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency (NSA), chief of the Central Security Service (CSS) and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, speaks during the Black Hat USA 2013 hacker convention at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada July 31, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday there may need to be additional constraints placed on America's spy agencies after a series of embarrassing disclosures about the broad scope of U.S. intelligence gathering.

President Barack Obama has full confidence in the director of the National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, and other NSA officials, said White House spokesman Jay Carney. He added that there should be a balance between the need to gather intelligence and the need for privacy.

"We recognize there needs to be additional constraints on how we gather and use intelligence," Carney said.

A White House review of U.S. surveillance capabilities is well under way and should be completed by the end of the year, Carney said.

(Reporting By Steve Holland, Roberta Rampton and Mark Felsenthal. Editing by Christopher Wilson)

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Comments (2)
WhyMeLord wrote:
Let’s get this straight; try to balance intellegence and privacy.
How about trying to balance evil and good; it looks the same to me.
Kind of like saying two wrongs make a right, or some other sillyness.
There is no rational way to justify our run-away covert surveillance.
The NSA and their ilk have completely destroyed our image abroad.
We will have to stay home and hang our heads in shame; our very bad.
One bright spot however; our money will stay here instead of abroad.

Oct 28, 2013 2:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Whipsplash wrote:
“White house says U.S. intelligence gathering may require ‘additional constraints’”
Ya think?!
Just because we CAN do something doesn’t mean we necessarily should.
It’s great to have a tool that can also be a weapon but you don’t use it on your friends and supporters unless it’s absolutely necessary.
It might be a good time to trim the budgets of some agencies with too much time and money on their hands.

Oct 28, 2013 2:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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