President Barack Obama met for the first time yesterday with a panel he requested to review U.S. collection of telephone and Internet data, according to a White House statement that identified the group’s members.
The circumcision rate for newborn males in the U.S. dropped 10 percent in the past three decades, amid fluctuating medical guidelines, changes in the immigrant population, and a growing movement that opposes the practice.
President Barack Obama said his administration is taking steps to assure privacy rights are protected while government surveillance programs scour telephone records and Internet communications for links that might foil a terrorist attack.
President Barack Obama, responding to increasing public unease over government surveillance programs, plans to announce today steps designed to build trust in the government’s handling of the anti-terrorism programs, an administration official said.
The latest attack threat from an al- Qaeda offshoot creates a political challenge for President Barack Obama, as Republicans accuse him of hyping claims to have terrorists on the run and privacy advocates say the warning may be used to justify greater government surveillance.
At least 19 U.S. embassies and consulates in predominantly Muslim countries will remain closed through this week as the Obama administration tied terror threats to the Yemen-based offshoot of al-Qaeda.