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  • President Barack Obama talks about National Security Agency (NSA)surveillance, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Justice Department in Washington.Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, the president called for ending the government's control of phone data from -hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama tightens reins on surveillance programs

    Tightening the reins on the nation's sweeping surveillance operations, President Barack Obama on Friday ordered new limits on the way intelligence officials access phone records from hundreds of millions of Americans - and moved toward eventually stripping the massive data collection from the government's hands.


  • Obama says foreign countries rely on NSA data

    President Barack Obama says some of the foreign governments most loudly criticizing the National Security Agency's spying programs are relying on the data themselves.


  • President Obama speaks at Justice Department headquarters in D.C. on Friday.

    Obama calls for immediate checks, long-term changes to NSA snooping

    The NSA will now have to go to a judge before snooping through Americans' phone records, President Obama announced Friday as he set an eventual goal of prying the phone metadata information away from the intelligence community altogether.


  • In this July 11, 2009, file photo, former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden says top members of Congress were kept well-informed about the Bush administration's post-9/11 surveillance program, with meetings that usually occurred at the White House with Vice President Dick Cheney in attendance. (Associated Press)

    Ex-NSA boss Hayden: Obama to put Americans at ease with spy programs

    Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency, said Friday that President Obama's speech on reforms to U.S. spying programs will focus on making people feel comfortable with the practices — not sweeping changes.


  • Government's secret backdoor to your email (Alexander Hunter - The Washington Times)

    CODEVILLA: Government's secret backdoor to your email

    Every child learns not to touch a neighbor's mailbox. "That's a federal crime," he's told, and for good reason.


  • President Obama will announce changes to U.S. spying, surveillance and data-collection efforts in a speech at the Justice Department on Friday. Privacy advocates have low expectations from the president on whose watch U.S. surveillance has expanded. The speech is in response to a White House panel's recommendations. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

    Little change expected in U.S. surveillance policy

    If the skeptics are correct, President Obama is about to embrace and endorse many of the controversial national-security tools and tactics introduced by his predecessor, despite railing against those policies while campaigning for the Oval Office in 2008.


  • ** FILE ** In this Dec. 6, 2013, file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    State Dept. computers open to hackers: report

    An investigation from the State Department's internal watchdog has found that the agency's computer systems have inadequate security and could easily be breached.


  • Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden "would love" to return to the U.S. "if the conditions were right," his top legal adviser Jesselyn Radack said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. (ASSOCIATED PRESS photographs)

    Obama faces 'day of action' to protest NSA reforms

    With exceedingly low expectations for President Obama's long-awaited reforms to U.S. surveillance programs, critics now are planning a 'day of action' to voice their displeasure and disappointment with the White House and the National Security Agency.


  • Obama's NSA announcements just the starting point

    President Barack Obama's blueprint for overhauling the government's sweeping surveillance program is just the starting point. The reality is few changes could happen quickly without unlikely agreements from a divided Congress and federal judges.


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