Terrorism Gone Viral: Counterterrorism Executive Briefs Congress on Latest Threats

Terrorism Gone Viral: Counterterrorism Executive Briefs Congress on Latest Threats

Washington, DC…Good morning Chairman McCaul, Ranking Member Thompson, and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the widespread reach of terrorists’ influence, which transcends geographic boundaries like never before. As technology advances so, too, does terrorists’ use of technology to communicate—both to inspire and recruit. The […]

President Obama On The USA FREEDOM Act

President Obama On The USA FREEDOM Act

Washington, DC…For the past eighteen months, I have called for reforms that better safeguard the privacy and civil liberties of the American people while ensuring our national security officials retain tools important to keeping Americans safe. That is why, today, I welcome the Senate’s passage of the USA FREEDOM Act, which I will sign when […]

Supreme Court Reaffirms Free Speech Rights In Facebook Comment Case

Supreme Court Reaffirms Free Speech Rights In Facebook Comment Case

Washington, DC…The US Supreme Court Today reaffirmed free speech rights when it overturned a conviction of a man convicted when he made online rants against his ex-wife. From the syllabus “After his wife left him, petitioner Anthony Douglas Elonis, under the pseudonym “Tone Dougie,” used the social networking Web site Facebook to post self-styled rap […]

IRS Statement on the “Get Transcript” Incident That Exposted 100,000 Taxpayers

IRS Statement on the “Get Transcript” Incident That Exposted 100,000 Taxpayers

Washington, DC…The IRS announced today that criminals used taxpayer-specific data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through IRS’ “Get Transcript” application. This data included Social Security information, date of birth and street address. These third parties gained sufficient information from an outside source before trying to […]

Presidential Weekly Address: Creating Opportunity for All

Presidential Weekly Address: Creating Opportunity for All

Washington, DC…Hi, everybody. Everything we’ve done over the past six years has been in pursuit of one overarching goal: creating opportunity for all. What we’ve long understood, though, is that some communities have consistently had the odds stacked against them. That’s true of rural communities with chronic poverty. That’s true of some manufacturing communities that […]

President Obama On Cuba Policy Changes

President Obama On Cuba Policy Changes

Washington, DC…Good afternoon.  Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba.  In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between […]

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