In a major speech Friday morning, President Obama scaled back the NSA's surveillance operations and redefines how we collect intelligence overseas. In brief, he ordered the end of the bulk telephony metadata program (in its current from) and spying on foreign leaders. Beyond that, though, the future remains murky.
Truth be told, Obama did announce several reforms, some of which fell in line with the recommendations made by the advisory committee he set up for reforming America's intelligence practices. The main one means that the intelligence community must get court approval before tapping into its vast database of telephone data. He also announced: