President Eisenhower during his farewell address to the nation on Jan. 17, 1961. /AP hide caption toggle caption /AP The Two-Way Obama's NSA Speech: Just What Eisenhower Warned About? January 16, 2014 VIDEO: On Jan. 17, 1961, Ike spoke to the nation about a military-industrial complex. He said "an alert and knowledgeable citizenry" must help safeguard security and liberty. Friday, exactly 53 years later, Obama will speak about surveillance programs that critics say threaten civil liberties.