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President announces transition that should stop controversy in NSA practice
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has announced a transition but not an end to the most controversial NSA practice -- scooping up American's telephone records.
The sweeping NSA phone surveillance program sparked major controversy and today President Obama announced it will not continue as is.
The so-called Meta Data - phone numbers of hundreds of millions of Americans and details of who they called and when - will be still collected, but not
stored not by government.
If the government wants to access the massive database, it will need court approval.
The White House aggressively argued that the surveillance program has been critical in preventing terror attacks but today the president conceded...
This political firestorm was sparked by the leak of classified information by former NSA Contractor Edward Snowden.
Last month a panel handpicked by President Obama offered him 46 recommendations, including shutting down the phone surveillance program because it presents "a lurking danger of abuse."
We think the so-called Meta Data telephony program has not been essential and not contributed significantly to the prevention of terrorist attacks in
the US or abroad.
But already critics say the president's announcement will make it more difficult for the intelligence community to do its job.
It's a pre-9/11 mindset and makes me feel uncomfortable.
President Obama tasked the Attorney General and intelligence officials to come up with a permanent plan by the end of March for who will collect and store this massive amount of information.