Geof Stone Discusses NSA Reforms on WBUR's 'Here & Now'
President Obama will speak at the Justice Department on Friday to announce his plans to reform the controversial National Security Agency surveillance programs.
The president’s plan comes after a panel he appointed to review the programs recommended sweeping changes to the NSA’s spying practices. In particular, panelists said that the NSA’s mass collection of telephone data was not effective and should be fundamentally reformed. The group had 46 recommendations in all, and called for increasing oversight of spying programs and greater transparency.
“We’re not saying the bulk collection itself is necessarily a bad idea,” Geoffrey R. Stone, a member of the president’s NSA review panel and a law professor at the University of Chicago tells Here & Now’s Robin Young. “What we’re saying is that it has to be done in a way that is consistent with the values of privacy and civil liberties.”