Live blog: Obama's NSA speech
January 17th, 2014
10:44 AM ET
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Live blog: Obama's NSA speech

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Friday is expected to announced sweeping changes to U.S. surveillance efforts exposed by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, whose disclosures raised questions about government overreach in fighting terror.

Obama will announce the end of the controversial NSA telephone metadata collection program "as it currently exists," a senior administration official told CNN.

Follow CNN's live blog for the latest updates in his speech, which is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. ET.


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  1. bassman

    In 2008 candidate Obama harshly criticizes Pres. Bush over NSA surveillance. In August 2007 he give a speech on terrorism. He described a surveillance state run amok and vowed to rein it in. “That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens,” he declared. “No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.” The moment he sat in Bush's chair he super-sized the exact same thing Bush had done.

    January 17, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Tommy G

    I have zero confidence in Obama's judgement or ability to make the correct decision. He simply hasn't shown he is up to the job.

    January 17, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. John Calderon

    Can someone please concentrate on extending unemployment benefits ? The first of February is around the corner which means folks need to pay their bills and not incur more late charges. It very sickening and morally wrong that these politicians do not care that folks are starving and potentially losing their homes. When or if it is approved it will takes weeks for each states system to be updated so individuals can login and claim their benefits. This is very wrong and very hurtful to be treated as a number. I haven't received funds since the last week of December, and I spend 7-8hrs a day looking for a job with no results.

    January 17, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. John Calderon

    Can someone please concentrate on extending unemployment benefits ? The first of February is around the corner which means folks need to pay their bills and not incur more late charges. It very sickening and morally wrong that these politicians do not care that folks are starving and potentially losing their homes. When or if it is approved it will takes weeks for each states system to be updated so individuals can login and claim their benefits. This is very wrong and very hurtful to be treated as a number. I haven't received funds since the last week of December, and I spend 7-8hrs a day looking for a job with no results. It would be nice if congress approved the extension before they head off for the weekend and holiday on Monday.

    January 17, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. MissDirection

    Does this pathetic excuse for a president honestly expect us to believe that his word is his bond? How many times can you cry wolf before the people no longer trust a single word that comes out of your mouth? There's no way the intelligence community is going to back off! If anything, they'll just expand their power while increasing the secrecy of their programs so that we don't have another "intelligence leak".

    January 17, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Pam from Iowa

    Its about time someone ended this blatant violation of our civil rights that was started under GW Bush!!!

    January 17, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @Tommy G
    I have zero confidence in Obama's judgement or ability to make the correct decision. He simply hasn't shown he is up to the job.
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    So the conservatives think Obama is not showing up and also is a complete dictator.
    No wonder it all just sounds like noise.

    January 17, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Donna

    Pam from Iowa
    Its about time someone ended this blatant violation of our civil rights that was started under GW Bush!!!
    -–

    That Obama willingly carried on for 5 years and would have for another 3 years had he not been exposed by Snowden.

    Don't make it sound like Obama is doing this for any reason other than he is now forced to save face. Obama got caught in another one of his lies and was forced to do something he otherwise would not have done.

    January 17, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. CALIFORNIA

    Pam from Iowa
    Its about time someone ended this blatant violation of our civil rights that was started under GW Bush!!!
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    Obama expanded the Patriot Act.

    January 17, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. CALIFORNIA

    bassman
    In 2008 candidate Obama harshly criticizes Pres. Bush over NSA surveillance. In August 2007 he give a speech on terrorism. He described a surveillance state run amok and vowed to rein it in. “That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens,” he declared. “No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.” The moment he sat in Bush's chair he super-sized the exact same thing Bush had done.
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    Their flip-flop back and forth shows everyone just how all their arguments are purely for political reasons and nothing more.

    January 17, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    OH HARK! We just passed the Patriot Act! We are such patriots!!!!!

    January 17, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. chui

    Obama is full of it

    January 17, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. bill

    Welcome to the police state.

    January 17, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |