10.16pm GMT Summary We’re going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here’s a summary of where things stand: • In a speech at the department of justice, President Barack Obama laid out reforms of NSA surveillance programs and their secret oversight court, saying that new technology and new times required revisiting the balance between national security protection and threats to individual liberty. • Obama said he would end the bulk collection of domestic phone records “as it currently exists,” by restricting analysts’ searches of the database and by moving the database into the hands of telecom companies or a third party TBD – the details are not yet nailed down. • The president said he had asked the attorney general and the intelligence community to report to him by 28 March on how to handle the phone records database question. Obama also asked Congress to begin work to select a panel of public advocates to sit in on the Fisa court process in certain cases. • Obama proposed reforms for how the government uses data it collects on foreigners; the declassification of more Fisa court documents; new rules for the storage and use of information on… Read full this story
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