WASHINGTON — President Obama, acknowledging that high-tech surveillance poses a threat to civil liberties, announced significant changes Friday to the way the government collects and uses telephone records, but left in place many other pillars of the nation’s intelligence programs.
Responding to the clamor over sensational disclosures about the National Security Agency’s spying practices, Obama said he would restrict the ability of intelligence agencies to gain access to phone records, and would ultimately move that data out of the hands of the government.
But in a speech at the Justice Department that seemed more calculated to reassure audiences at home and abroad than to force radical change, Obama defended the need for the broad surveillance net assembled by the NSA. And he turned to Congress and the intelligence agencies themselves to work out the details of any changes. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.