“In high school government class, we were told that it is the Executive Branch that enforces the law, but it is Congress, the legislative branch, that enacts the law,”
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With his newly announced overhaul of National Security Agency surveillance activities, President Obama has once again hit a nerve with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.
The president, as he often does when facing a nettlesome problem, used his executive powers to implement changes. In his address on Friday, Obama said he’s approved a “new presidential directive for our signals intelligence activities both at home and abroad.”
The directive, Obama said, would strengthen oversight of intelligence and ensure trade and investment relationships are taken into account when spying. The president also went on to order a transition away from the bulk data collection program in its current form — and restrict the ability of analysts to access that database during the transition.