Seven months after NSA surveillance programs were unmasked by leaker Edward Snowden, President Obama has proposed changes to introduce new safeguards. ABC News reports the President says NSA surveillance is going to continue. "I believe it is important that the capability that this program is designed to meet is preserved." President Obama insisted it has not been abused but in the future phone records can only be reviewed if a court gives permission and privacy experts will be on call in complex spying cases. The president says no eavesdropping on friendly foreign leaders. Many of these changes will need action in Congress.
Indiana US Senator Dan Coats today issued a statement regarding the President's speech saying,“It is good for the security of our country that the president reaffirmed the important role of the intelligence community in our efforts to protect and defend Americans from another terrorist attack. The president indicated that he would work with Congress on a number of reforms to our intelligence programs, and I will hold him to that. As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I will continue to work with my colleagues on responsible reforms that ensure we are doing everything we can to protect Americans and the privacy rights guaranteed to us in the Constitution.”