President Obama wasn't expected to announce anything earth-shaking today in his speech on NSA surveillance and he satisfied those predictions. While the president said there was no evidence that U.S. intelligence agencies had abused power, he did acknowlege that massive collection of phone metadata could be abused.
He said court approval would now be required for telephone taps, and no eavesdropping would be conducted on allied leaders. Court approval, however, would not be sought or required to seek information from companies on individuals. Here are some other highlights from the president's speech, as reported by The New York Times.
President Obama defended surveillance, saying it had prevented terrorist attacks. “What’s really at stake," he said, "is how we remain true to who we are in a world that is remaking itself at dizzying speed.”