Obama: New Oversight But No Change to Spying Power

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Obama is making clear he has no intention of stopping the daily collection of phone records from millions of Americans.

But his administration is promising more oversight in how those programs are carried out.

Obama planned during a news conference Friday to try to calm anger over the spying program. It has been kept secret for years, and the administration falsely denied it existed.

Obama is endorsing a new advisory panel to review U.S. surveillance powers; a privacy officer at the National Security Agency; an independent attorney to argue against the government before the surveillance court.

Senior administration officials described the proposals in a briefing arranged by the White House. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be quoted by name.

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