Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 6:33 PM

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is ordering changes to the government's massive collection of phone records that he says will end the program "as it currently exists."
 
   Obama says in a speech prepared for delivery at the Justice Department Wednesday that intelligence officials have not intentionally abused the program to invade privacy.
 
   But he also says he believes critics of the program have been right to argue that without proper safeguards, the collection could be used to obtain more information about American's private lives and open the door to more intrusive programs.
 
   Obama announced the changes after a months-long review spurred by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden's leaks about secret surveillance programs. 


  Sen. Rand Paul today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s plan to reform the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program:
“While I am encouraged the President is addressing the NSA spying program because of pressure from Congress and the American people, I am disappointed in the details. The Fourth Amendment requires an individualized warrant based on probable cause before the government can search phone records and e-mails. President Obama's announced solution to the NSA spying controversy is the same unconstitutional program with a new configuration,” Sen. Paul said. “I intend to continue the fight to restore Americans rights through my Fourth Amendment Restoration Act and my legal challenge against the NSA. The American people should not expect the fox to guard the hen house.”

 

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