President Obama Seeks To End NSA Holding Of Metadata

Source: David Jackson / USA Today

President Obama called Friday for ending the National Security Agency’s ability to store phone data from millions of Americans, and asked Congress, the Justice Department and the intelligence community to help decide who should hold these records.

The president laid out a series of new proposals on government surveillance and bulk data collections, saying they strike a balance between national security and personal privacy even as some civil libertarians argued that they are filled with loopholes.

In a long-awaited speech, Obama outlined adjustments to rules on surveillance of foreign leaders and the secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He also aggressively defended NSA programs as important tools to combat terrorism.

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