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President Obama To Speak On NSA Reform

President Obama will give a speech on planned changes to the NSA and its practices later today.

President Obama To Speak On NSA Reform
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President Obama is expected to announce an overhaul of the NSA and its surveillance programs in a speech later today.

The specifics aren't yet clear, but NBC cites leaked information from the White House which indicates Obama’s measures include keeping collected phone and Internet metadata under NSA control and pushing for greater protections from surveillance for non-citizens.

This is partially in line with the recommendations submitted by the Presidential Review Group on Intelligence, an independent panel tasked with assembling a list of recommended changes to the NSA’s surveillance practices. (Via CNN)

The speech is also drawing close scrutiny from privacy advocates like the EFF, which has its own list of changes it hopes to see.

Including an end to indiscriminate data collection and web encryption subversion and protection for whistleblowers acting in the public interest.

In an interesting bit of coincidence, Obama's speech will come 57 years to the day after President Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address to the nation,

in which he cautioned against the rise of the military-industrial complex and weighed the balance between liberty and security. (Via archives.gov)

"The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes." (Via C-SPAN)

Obama's speech is scheduled for 11 a.m. eastern time. Stay with Newsy for continuing coverage.