http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-obama-nsa-20140118,0,2744175.story#axzz2qfHxHXOu Under Obama's plan, the NSA will still have broad authority to intercept email and other Internet communications overseas, even when its dragnet pulls in the communications of Americans who are corresponding with foreigners. Intelligence officials say this power, much more than the telephone database, has been key to counter-terrorism investigations. He proposed more significant changes for the program that has generated the most public controversy: the government's database on nearly all telephone calls in the U.S., which shows when calls took place and which numbers are connected to which other numbers. Under Obama's plan, the government would no longer hold the database, but he left undecided who would. Telephone companies have resisted taking on the cost and liability of holding the data themselves, and some prominent members of Congress say that having a private party involved would increase the risk of leaks and other problems. Obama gave the Justice Department and the director of national intelligence until March 28 to decide who would hold the data. He left unanswered the question of whether the government would continue to collect the data if no solution were found. Officials said that issue had not yet been decided. In a related decision, Obama surprised some intelligence officials by directing that for now, they must seek a judge's approval before mining the voluminous cache of records. <JZL> sits back and let's wiskas feed.