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PBC News & Comment: New Poll Shows Solid Majority Favoring NSA Reform

As Obama finalizes his Friday speech outlining modest NSA reforms, new poll shows most Americans don’t trust government or Obama….Click here for free audiobook download from Audible that generates $15 to PBC Podcast!

–Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) proposes bill called “Big Brother is Not Watching You Act of 2014” to enact all 46 recommendations from review panel

–in this interesting think piece, Peter Baker in NY Times recaps Obama’s huge swing from privacy advocate to spying enabler, and reveals 2009 terrost threat that may have been pivotal

–sneaky clauses in massive budget bill may limit NSA phone records collection and “702” powers

–sneaky clause in massive budget bill blocks the shift of drone control from CIA to Pentagon

–drone-lover Sen. Dianne Feinstein tells about her close encounter with a drone, likely from the Code Pink Air Force

–prepare to be shocked, as your humble host offers rare praise to Feinstein for opposing new Iran sanctions bill

–Pope Francis fires Vatican Bank officials, as UN hearing on sex crimes against children gets underway

–different UN panel reports that attacks on Palestinians by Israeli settlers have quadrupled

–huge protests for third day in Bangkok, we close with Murray Head’s “One Night in Bangkok”