He stated that a court order must now be obtained by the government for each phone number it wants to investigate. He also ordered that the we stop eavesdropping on foreign leaders who are friends of the United States, which we now know has been going on for quite a long time.
This seems to be the President's attempt at a quick fix. Obama knows that people are upset, and he wants to restore their trust in government by promising that the days of spying are done.
The fact is, it doesn't matter who looks at the data collected by the NSA. The problem is that the data was collected in the first place, and that the US government is invading our privacy and spying on us.
We can't let the President reframe this issue. The NSA scandal is a perfect example of what happens when government gets too big.
It's clear that Americans weren't happy when they found out what the NSA was doing, but nothing is going to change until we address the root of the problem. Rather than looking for a quick-fix solution to this massive invasion of privacy, Americans need to have a serious discussion about the overall size and scope of our government.