In a speech scheduled to air at 11am (eastern) President Obama will call for ending the National Security Agency's ability to store phone data from millions of Americans, and ask Congress and the intelligence to decide who should, officials said Friday. In his speech today on surveillance policy, Obama plans to argue that the metadata program is a major counter-terrorism tool, but changes can be to re-assure Americans that it is not being abused. The president will deliver a long-anticipated speech on new policies for National Security Agency surveillance policies, seeking what he calls a balance between national security and personal privacy. The White House released the following statement:
"Obama wants intelligence agencies to use new technology in a way that optimally protects our national security while supporting our foreign policy, respecting privacy and civil liberties, maintaining the public trust, and reducing the risk of unauthorized disclosures."
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