Obama-NSA: Greenwald blasts Obama's NSA proposals as nothing but a "PR gesture."

Greenwald on Obama's Speech: "Really Just Basically a PR Gesture"

Greenwald on Obama's Speech: "Really Just Basically a PR Gesture"

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Jan. 17 2014 11:28 AM

Greenwald on Obama's Speech: "Really Just Basically a PR Gesture"

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Glenn Greenwald has left the Guardian but not the NSA beat

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I imagine we'll be hearing plenty more from Green Greenwald in the wake of Obama's big NSA speech today, but for now here's the opening pre-speech salvo (made on Al Jazeera America this morning) from the journalist who's been leading the charge against the U.S. government's previously secret surveillance programs

"It’s really just basically a PR gesture, a way to calm the public and to make them think there’s reform when in reality there really won’t be. And I think that if the public, at this point, has heard enough about what the NSA does and how invasive it is, that they’re going to need more than just a pretty speech from President Obama to feel as though their concerns have been addressed."

Slate will have more coverage of the president's speech after it wraps up. Stay tuned.

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.