Obama likely to adjust US spying on foreign leaders

3:17 AM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- People familiar with the White House review of the nation's surveillance programs says President Barack Obama is likely to tighten restrictions on spying on foreign leaders.

Spokesman Jay Carney says the president is still "listening and discussing" possible moves with lawmakers, privacy advocates and intelligence officials at White House meetings.

Among the changes Obama is expected to announce is more oversight of the National Intelligence Priorities Framework, a classified document that ranks U.S. intelligence- gathering priorities and is used to make decisions on scrutiny of foreign leaders. A presidential review board recommended increasing the number of officials who help establish those priorities.

The president also is said to be considering a proposal to strip the NSA of its ability to store telephone records from millions of Americans and instead have phone companies or a third party hold the records. The NSA would be able to access the records only by obtaining separate court approval for each search, though exceptions could be made for emergency national security matters.

Obama could unveil his decisions as early as next week.

Associated Press

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