Obama holds news conference over spying scandal

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It was President Obama's twenty fifth White House news conference. The focus was mostly on the scandal regarding the National Security Agency's widespread surveillance on Americans. The president said he wants to ease fears about how the government is conducting business and how it involves Americans' privacy. {Obama: "Given the history of abuse by governments, it's right to ask questions about surveillance -- particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives."} Americans have been growing more distrustful of their government since it was revealed that its national security agency was spying on them. Government agents tracked meta data from phone calls and emails providing to the scandal leaked by former contractor Ed Snowden. A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reported that 56 percent of Americans are more worried the United States will go to surveillance extremes by violating privacy rights. {SOT: "Obviously in the internet age the government cannot on everything! It's ridiculous and a waste of funds."} The poll comes more than a month after government whistleblower Edward Snowden, who found asylum in Russia, revealed information about the NSA's data-gathering programs. Some say they are upset with the government and are skeptical of how its treating the public. {SOT: It's important to find that balance between the next big threat and the rights people are entitled to have.} The president said he wants more openness, Patriot Act Reforms and to work with privacy advocates and outside expert panels to balance national security issues and Americans' privacy. {CAMPBELL--President Obama announced plans to urge reforms that could open legal proceedings surrounding the National Security Agency's surveillance programs to greater scrutiny. It's the administration's most vocal response yet to national surveillance revelations.} Mister Obama says in addition to NSA surveillance he'd like to amend parts of the Patriot Act, the legislation that weakens restrictions on law enforcement agencies' when gathering intelligence within the United States. No timeframe for these reforms has been announced. {Sot: "I'm mindful that what you put in writing the government could be spying on you. So you have to be careful of what you put in writing."} Privacy and civil liberties advocates are receiving the US president's announcements to make surveillance reforms tepidly. They say they've gotta see it before they believe it. Colin Campbell, Press TV, Washington. http://www.presstv.ir/

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