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Obama Plans to End NSA Phone Surveillance Program

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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.

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