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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