White House: NSA intelligence-gathering may require additional constraints
Jay Carney, the White House press secretary (AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowski)
The White House says the controversial intelligence gathering procedures that have attracted international scrutiny in recent months may require “additional constraints.”
Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, made the remark during a scheduled Monday afternoon briefing on the heels of the latest revelations made possible through the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive National Security Agency documents detailing US-led programs that spied on foreign citizens and politicians.
“There are a number of efforts underway that are designed to increase transparency, to work with Congress to look at reform to the Patriot Act [and] to look at ways we can increase oversight and increase constraint on the authorities provided by these programs,” Carney told reporters.
The press secretary also echoed words made earlier that day by National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who tweeted of a balance needing to be reached with regards to how intelligence gathering.
Carney said that the spy-programs made public through leaked NSA documents attributed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden are legal through the post-9/11 Patriot Act, but that “steps could be taken to put in place greater oversight--greater transparency--as well as constraints on the use of this authority.”
Additionally, Carney said US President Barack Obama has ordered his administration to conduct a review of those programs.
“The issues that are part of the review look at how we can better balance our security needs and the security needs of our allies against the real privacy concerns that we all share,” Carney said.