Obama to back modest gov't surveillance reforms

Obama to back modest gov't surveillance reforms

WASHINGTON -- Capping a monthslong review, President Barack Obama is expected to back modest changes to the government's surveillance network at home and abroad while largely leaving the framework of the controversial programs in place, including the bulk collection of phone records from millions of Americans.

Posted: 01/17/14 at 5:10 am EST
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