Obama Plans to End NSA Phone Surveillance Program - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Obama Plans to End NSA Phone Surveillance Program

Posted: Updated:

In an attempt to gain back the trust of many Americans, President Obama announced plans to cut back on the NSA phone surveillance program saying it could lead to major privacy violations.

"We have to make some important decisions about how to protect ourselves and sustain our leadership in the world, while upholding the civil liberties and privacy protections that our ideals - and our Constitution - require," said President Obama.

Under the proposed plan, the government will no longer collect and store the phone records of millions of Americans.

The officials representing Montana in Washington D.C. all agree this is a step in the right direction, but they do not believe the government is doing all it can to protect the privacy rights of Americans.

Congressman Daines said in a press release,"The proposals released today by President Obama and the House Intelligence Committee fall woefully short of providing needed protections for Montanans' civil liberties."

Senator Tester echoed those concerns,"Ending bulk collection of Americans' phone records is good news.  However, today's announcement does not end the need for a real debate about unacceptable government surveillance of law-abiding Americans."

And Senator Walsh released this statement,"This is a step in the right direction but once again falls short of fully protecting our constitutional rights."

As of now the government is continuing to run the NSA program without the changes because the proposed plan now needs to be approved by congress.

If approved by congress, the NSA would no longer store the data collected. Instead, it would be stored by phone companies, and the NSA would need a court order to review the data in the future.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Fire at Silverwood caused by cigarette

    UPDATE: Fire at Silverwood caused by cigarette

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:35:38 GMT
    ATHOL, Idaho - After a thorough investigation into the fire that closed a portion of Silverwood Theme Park last weekend, investigators with the Timberlake Fire Protection District say it was most likely an improperly discarded cigarette that started the fire.
    ATHOL, Idaho - After a thorough investigation into the fire that closed a portion of Silverwood Theme Park last weekend, investigators with the Timberlake Fire Protection District say it was most likely an improperly discarded cigarette that started the fire. The fire happened on August 24th, around 2:00pm in a restroom at the Boulder Beach Water park. The water park was evacuated while crews worked to put the flames out. 
  • PHOTOS: Zombies In Downtown Spokane!

    PHOTOS: Zombies In Downtown Spokane!

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-06-11 14:45:30 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - In case you missed the first week of production for "Z Nation" in downtown Spokane, we wanted to share the photos we captured of the Zombies we could see lingering around, outside the KHQ station. Filming for the SyFy network's 'Z Nation' is underway! We sent our photographer Reed Schmitt over to the set to get up close and personal.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - In case you missed the first week of production for "Z Nation" in downtown Spokane, we wanted to share the photos we captured of the Zombies we could see lingering around, outside the KHQ station. Filming for the SyFy network's 'Z Nation' is underway! We sent our photographer Reed Schmitt over to the set to get up close and personal.
  • Mills Canyon burn out planned for Tuesday

    Mills Canyon burn out planned for Tuesday

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 12:58 PM EDT2014-07-15 16:58:49 GMT
    ENTIAT, Wash. - A burn out operation is planned for Tuesday morning in an effort to establish a secure line in the bottom of the canyon where the Mills Canyon Fire is burning. Burning material rolling downhill and igniting spot fires on the north side of Swakane Canyon have caused concerns and indicate a vulnerability to a fire escape and repeatedly expose firefighters to very steep terrain and rolling material.
    ENTIAT, Wash. - A burn out operation is planned for Tuesday morning in an effort to establish a secure line in the bottom of the canyon where the Mills Canyon Fire is burning. Burning material rolling downhill and igniting spot fires on the north side of Swakane Canyon have caused concerns and indicate a vulnerability to a fire escape and repeatedly expose firefighters to very steep terrain and rolling material.
Powered by WorldNow

Sports

  • Sports
  • Community

  • Community
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Max Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.