Op-ed in Washington Examiner on Executive Order 12333 and Ronald Reagan

One of my stories about Executive Order 12333 made it into the Washington Examiner newspaper. Mad about government spying and snooping? Look at Ronald Reagan’s executive order YAËL OSSOWSKI • | JANUARY 22, 2014 AT 7:07 PM  American uproar over revelations of mass government spying has provoked a significant revision of the actions of U.S. spy agencies across the board. While ire has been focused at the Obama and Bush administrations, such snooping was given the green light by none other than former President Reagan more than 30 years ago. As explained in testimony during last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring members of President […]

Mad about government spying and snooping? Blame Reagan

By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org American uproar over revelations of mass government spying has provoked a significant revision of the actions of U.S. spy agencies across the board. While ire has been focused at the Obama and Bush administrations, such snooping was given the green light by none other than former President Ronald Reagan over 30 years ago. As revealed in testimony during last week’s Senate Judiciary Hearing featuring members of President Barack Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, a big share of the data collected by the government on its own citizens is authorized by Executive Order 12333, ushered in at the height of the Cold War in 1981 by […]