An anonymous reader writes "USA Today reports, "Retired general Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security ..., called on President Obama Monday to ... reject many of the recommendations of the commission he appointed to rein in NSA surveillance ... "President Obama now has the burden of simply doing the right thing," ... "And I think some of the right things with regard to the commission's recommendations are not the popular things. They may not poll real well right now. They'll poll damn well after the next attack ..." ... The commission ... said the recommendations were designed to increase transparency, accountability and oversight at the NSA. Hayden ... oversaw the launch of some of the controversial programs ... He defended them as effective and properly overseen by congressional intelligence committees and a special court. "Right now, since there have been no abuses and almost all the court decisions on this program have held that it's constitutional, I really don't know what problem we're trying to solve by changing how we do this," he said, ... Snowden's revelations have fueled objections by civil liberties advocates that the NSA goes too far in collecting information about Americans ... Hayden's blunt warnings about the risks he sees in accepting the commission's recommendations underscore the difficult balancing act Obama faces between ensuring the nation's security and respecting citizens' privacy. No decision he makes is likely to avoid criticism. ""
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