January 17th, 2014
07:13 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama to announce changes to NSA data collection

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Friday will announce the end of the controversial NSA telephone metadata collection program "as it currently exists," a senior administration official told CNN.

Obama will say that he is ordering a transition of the current intelligence-gathering program to one that addresses concerns of privacy and civil liberties, the official said.

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  1. Gurgyl

    -–if this so-called civil liberty hampers so called national security then don't go for them–don't compromise–my advise.

    January 17, 2014 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    What he says, and what he will actually do, will be totally different. He will actually make zero changes.

    January 17, 2014 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    When the Bush administration began spying on us, the baggers said they had nothing to hide, so no big deal. It appears they have a lot to hide.

    January 17, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Hey Obama – repeal the patriot act and you'll get my support.

    January 17, 2014 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  5. S.B. Stein

    The question is about how much can he do without Congress. If any of what he wants to do requires Congress to do something like change a law, then he will get no help. There is enough of those that see helping the president as a bad thing that will either cause the rule/law change to stop or be loaded down with things that aren't acceptable to the president.

    January 17, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. Heisenberg

    Thanks Obama, this needs to stop! America was not meant to be a surveillance state...

    January 17, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Fair – Thanks for the laugh. It is hard to undo republican initiatives, but someday, we will see and end to the attack on our rights.

    January 17, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Tampa Tim

    Fair – Thanks for the laugh. It is hard to undo republican initiatives, but someday, we will see and end to the attack on our rights
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    He could have done it in the forst 2 years of his first term.

    January 17, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    Tampa Tim

    Fair – Thanks for the laugh. It is hard to undo republican initiatives, but someday, we will see and end to the attack on our rights
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    He could have done it in the forst 2 years of his first term.

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    Yeah, and face the wrath of the right accusing him of weakening American security, "siding with the terrorists" and a whole host of other accusations. Face it, as far as the oppositon is concerned, he's danged if he does/danged if he doesn't.

    January 17, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Heisenberg

    This really should be the top story on CNN... The President challenging the NSA is bigger news and better for the country than the constant attention to Chris Christie causing a traffic jam or Michelle Obama's birthday...

    January 17, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |