Facing pressure at home and abroad, Obama tightens reins on US surveillance programs

  • Article by: JULIE PACE , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 17, 2014 - 9:45 PM

WASHINGTON — 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.

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wiseoracleJan. 17, 14 6:29 AM

Why is it so difficult to follow the process? Demonstrate 'cause', get a warrant to search!? It's not like divorce court. it doesn't take 9 months. They issue warrants via fax these days. it can be done in a matter of a few hrs. Why do so many pretend that this must be a spy on all v.s. no one - kind of issue? If you must error - error in favor of the 4th. But it doesn't need to be all or nothing. Spy on bad people, with a warrant - and stay out of others privacy.

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clermont1095Jan. 17, 14 6:51 AM

Uh huh - And how about the GPS (Global Positioning System) in my car? That thing tracks you too!

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nimrod888Jan. 17, 14 7:08 AM

And in other news: "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period". Why should we believe him now? It's also too little, too late.

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firefight41Jan. 17, 14 7:09 AM

The operative word is "May". Of course this transparent administration will be covering up and hiding the fact that the NSA will not change course and keep collection bulk phone records. Hopefully there will be another Snowden within the ranks to shine a light to the illegal process.

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localguyJan. 17, 14 7:13 AM

This is fallout from the Patriot Act, the Draconian slashing of privacy rights passed under the Bush administration during the post 9/11 hysteria. It should never have been enacted. Panic caused us to give up our rights and it's way past time go get them back.

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russ999Jan. 17, 14 7:15 AM

what some people fail to understand is that saving the metadata is about being able to connect who else was talking with the perp(s) after an atack to maybe catch more of the ring and maybe prevent more attackes from them.

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koold56Jan. 17, 14 7:26 AM

Sure we believe you Oh Supreme Leader....Lie to us again, we never got it the last 14 times. So please tell us again.

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redeye12Jan. 17, 14 7:29 AM

He's not stopping the illegal spying on innocent Americans. He's only talking about who will control the vast amounts of data that they will continue to collect. So another gov't dep't controls the data. Big deal. You don't think they aren't going to continue to systematically review all of our communications? Ben Franklin was right, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Wake up people. We are losing our economic and personal liberties. And we are sitting idly by while it happens. This is America, we need to demand our freedoms and liberties be protected by the gov't not reduced by it.

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elind56Jan. 17, 14 7:30 AM

"Obama was grappling with the key decisions on the phone record collections — known as Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act"-----------------------Don't ya love how politicians name these laws? The 'Affordable Care Act' is anything but affordable and 'The Patriot Act' is chock full of provisions that would make any true Patriot cringe.

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clermont1095Jan. 17, 14 7:39 AM

Franz Kafka was right.

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