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President Obama Asking Congress To Stop Collecting Americans’ Phone Records

President Obama Delivers Speech On U.S. Signals Intelligence Programs
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress to end the government’s bulk collection of people’s phone records.

Obama says 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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