Obama to Stop NSA's Phone Records Storage

President plans to overhaul the National Security Administration's metadata collection program.
3:00 | 01/17/14

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The sweeping and -- phone surveillance program sparked major controversy. And today President Obama announced it will not continue. As is I believe we need a new approach. This so called meta data phone numbers of hundreds of millions of Americans and but not stored by the government. If the governor wants access the massive database it would -- court approval. The White House aggressively argued that the surveillance program has been critical in preventing terror attacks. But today the president conceded 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. This political firestorm was sparked by the leak of classified information by former Tennessee contractor -- -- Last month the panel hand picked by President Obama offered -- 46 recommendations. Including shutting down the -- surveillance program because it presents a lurking danger of abuse. But already critics say the president's announcement will make it more difficult for the intelligence community to do its job. That's up pre 9/11 mindset. And and that would make me uncomfortable. President Obama's past the attorney general and intelligence officials to come up with a permanent plan by the end of march. For who will store this massive amount of -- -- Karen Travers ABC news Washington.

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