Changes in NSA Program May Draw Skepticism

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email
(Credit: MGN Online / National Security Agency)

(Credit: MGN Online / National Security Agency)

BRIDGEWATER, Va.--- A local political analyst said some people may be skeptical of the changes in the National Security Agency changes for phone records announced on Friday.

President Barack Obama said the government will only pursue phone calls that may be associated with a terrorist organization. The transition would also require intelligence agencies to get a court's permission to get a hold of the records.

Political analyst, David McQuilkin, said he does not think the government would put national security at stake just to ease public concerns.

"They can be significant changes but one has to realize that the administration, I suspect, would not have made these concessions if they have not already had other means to do the same thing," said McQuilkin.

In addition, he said some Libertarians and left wing Democrats may say the reform did not go far enough.

The president asked the intelligence community and the attorney general to come up with a new approach that will not require the government to hold the data itself. The options would be ready before March 28, which is the deadline for its re authorization.


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