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Obama: End collection of Americans' phone records

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 27, 2014 at 9:17 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress to end the government's bulk collection of people's phone records.

Obama said American's phone records should remain with the phone companies and not be held at the National Security Agency for five years, as has been the practice.

The White House hopes Congress will pass new legislation within three months.

Obama promised to make changes to the controversial surveillance program after the public was outraged to learn the extent of domestic collection. The details were revealed last year by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

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sgtbob6606140841 says... March 27, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.

Why doesn't the president simply sign another decree? That has worked with other laws with which he suddenly disagrees.

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JIMBOB47 says... March 27, 2014 at 10:02 a.m.

Sure, sign another EX Order. That's what Kings do! On the other hand, they SHOULD be collecting/tracking phone use of EVERY phone issued/paid for by the taxpayers. These 'freebies' cost us millions per year so we should be able to see just how they are used. I'll bet we'd be surprised at the number of drug deals done on the FREE cellphones..! Then again, maybe we wouldn't be surprised at all, but certainly ticked off about it once we had the details. Go for it, NSA!

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Pobucker says... March 27, 2014 at 10:10 a.m.

Obama shell game - fool the suckers, it works on everything else.
He is just going to move the collection sites from govt-owned sites to govt-accessible sites. Big whoop, the collection continues...

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