Obama vows more NSA oversight in speech

Jan 17, 2014, 5:22 PM EST
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency (NSA) at the Justice Department, on January 17, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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Responding to months of civil libertarian criticism engendered by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's leaks about American spying, President Obama acknowledged the problems with the mass collection of data and, after unveiling some executive action, called on the less-than-speedy U.S. Congress to finish the job and outsource meta-data collection to a separate entity.

Background:

Despite changes, NSA still has it all [CNN]

A major victory for Snowden? [The New Yorker]