I can't say that I had very high hopes for Obama's NSA reforms. (Hello, Gitmo?) The man can still give a good speech, though, and make me feel like everything is going to be alright. Unfortunately, what really matters is the policy and what actually happens. After his recent announcement about reforming surveillance procedures, bulk collection of everyone's communication data will still occur. (It doesn't matter if you're two steps or thirty-five steps removed from a terrorist, everyone's data will be vacuumed up regardless.)
Sure, there are some good steps in the right direction, and hopefully I'm just a whiny bastard for complaining, but methinks not much is changing. Among other reforms, instead of the government controlling these massive amounts of data, a corporation or third party entity will store them. Um, whew?
Obama barely touched on the bigger tubes in the government vacuum. Encryption, hacking into the likes of Google and exploiting software flaws weren't mentioned, but don't worry, reform is on the way! Congress will be consulted and the intelligence community is on the case! Enjoy the cartoon, and be sure to share it with your NSA minder. You can find plenty of additional links to stories behind the cartoon if you dive into the links below.