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What You Should Listen For From President Obama's NSA Announcement

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President Obama is expected to announce a curtailment of domestic data collection on Jan. 17 at 10 a.m.

President Obama will announce changes this morning to how the National Security Agency does its job. This comes after months of revelations of massive warrantless data gathering on US citizens and others around the globe. Obama's been fielding critics since the first of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's leaks last June.

So what will the president say today? Will he reveal real changes to protect long-held traditions of privacy? Or will he offer a panacea to assuage his critics and allies? Is this more of a PR problem for the administration or an issue of privacy that needs to be addressed? David Brown, host of KUT's  "Texas Standard," spoke with Robert Chesney, a professor of Law and Director of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT. Austin. 

Chesney's tip: listen closely to "what the president says about altering the current intelligence surveillance court process for approving these sorts of surveillance type activities." Will he introduce a public advocate to present the other side of the case? Chesney says that would be significant change to NSA practices since the late 1970's. Click on the player to hear the whole conversation.


Emily Donahue is a former grants writer for KUT. She previously served as news director and helped launch KUT’s news department in 2001.
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