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U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Obama proposes changes for surveillance programs
Obama proposes changes for surveillance programs

President Obama proposed new safeguards for the government's vast surveillance of communications in the U.S. and abroad, adding additional judicial review and disclosure requirements, but largely leaving in place programs that he said were needed to "remain vigilant in the face of threats." His proposals, unveiled in a long-anticipated speech on Friday, drew warm reviews from intelligence officials, but expressions of disappointment from many civil liberties activists and some prominent technology company executives. Under Obama's plan, the Maryland-based National Security Agency still would have broad authority to intercept e-mail and other Internet communications...