NSA phone record collection being challenged

FILE - This Thursday, June 6, 2013, file photo, shows a sign outside the National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
FILE - This Thursday, June 6, 2013, file photo, shows a sign outside the National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– President Obama’s promise to end the NSA’s collection of American’s phone records is now one step closer to being fulfilled.

The way it is now, American citizens’ phone records are susceptible to review by the National Security Agency, but a new bill has been proposed this week to change that.

The NSA argues it collects Americans phone records as a measure of security to help combat terrorism on American soil, and have been allowed to do so under the Patriot Act provision, but since January President Obama has promised to stop that from happening.

The new bill would still allow the NSA to request phone records directly from the phone companies during a terrorism investigation.  But the big difference between this one and other bills that have tried to change the NSA’s methods is phone companies would still hold the records and not the NSA.

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