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Obama to meet lawmakers, spy chiefs on NSA surveillance

Published on Jan 8, 2014 11:58 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama is stepping up consultations with the intelligence community this week, as he finalises a decision on reining in US spy agencies over mass phone-data sweeps.

Aides say that Mr Obama spent considerable time during his recent vacation in Hawaii mulling new constraints on US security agencies in the wake of revelations of mass snooping by fugitive intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Mr Obama will meet lawmakers charged with overseeing US espionage agencies and top intelligence figures as he prepares to unveil his plans in a speech to the American people, who have been spooked by the scope of surveillance programs.

The White House said that the president would meet "leaders of the intelligence community" on Wednesday, and will also consult members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a watchdog agency set up by Congress.

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