Intelligence reforms to dominate Sunday shows

The Sunday talk shows will be dominated by politicians and officials dissecting President Obama's speech about electronic surveillance and privacy issues.

In a major speech Friday, Obama announced an array of intelligence reforms in an effort to satisfy privacy concerns without gutting intelligence programs aimed at tracking terrorists.

Prompted by revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, Obama attempted to head off mounting opposition to the massive collection of electronic data by the NSA.

"We cannot unilaterally disarm our intelligence agencies," Obama said. He announced some reforms that he said will help protect against abuses.

He said bulk data will be kept by a third party instead of the government, though the details of that have yet to be worked out.

Obama said intelligence agencies will only review phone calls that are two steps removed from a number associated with a terrorist organization instead of the current three.

The speech hasn't quieted critics who worry about the impact of data gathering on privacy and constitutional rights.

''President Obama's announced solution to the NSA spying controversy is the same unconstitutional program with a new configuration,'' said Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., an outspoken critic of the intelligence gathering programs.

The traffic controversy that has engulfed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will also be the subject of talk on the shows.

This Sunday's guests include:

ABC's This Week: Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has come under criticism for a law his country passed last year that bans gay "propaganda" as his country readies to host the Olympics; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.

NBC's Meet the Press: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has just released a memoir that has been controversial for its criticism of Vice President Joe Biden and others; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; Assemblyman John Wisniewski, D-N.J.; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

CBS' Face the Nation: Rogers; Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo.; Tom Donilon, former national security adviser to President Barack Obama; Michael Morrell, a former CIA deputy director who served on Obama's intelligence review panel.

CNN's State of the Union: Rogers; Sen. Angus King, I-Maine.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency.

Contributing: The Associated Press


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