President Obama has just held a press conference at the White House to announce four reforms he says will increase transparency and public awareness of the surveillance programs being carried out by the NSA and other US intelligence agencies. "It's not enough for me as President to have confidence in these programs, the American people need to have confidence as well," Obama said. The President said the reforms came after conversations he had with members of Congress and civil liberties advocates who were concerned about the surveillance activity revealed in leaked documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. "Given the history of abuse by governments, its right to ask questions about surveillance," Obama said. "Particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives."