Udall Backs Changes to Phone Snooping Program

January 20, 2014
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Udall's position puts him at odds with many privacy advocates, who remained concerned about the reach of the controversial program

Udall’s position puts him at odds with many privacy advocates

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Udall said Sunday he supports proposed changes for the government’s collection of Americans phone records, putting him at odds with privacy advocates who say that leaving the program in place and making limited changes is not a workable solution.

The Colorado Democrat told CBS’s “Face the Nation” program Sunday that “the president did the right thing” by announcing the administration would study changes to the contentious program first exposed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Meanwhile, Udall said his new goal is to restore faith and confidence in the country’s tarnished intelligence community.

“That trust has fallen and it’s now time to rebuild it, and the president took a big step forward on Friday,” Udall said.

Udall called it a “milestone” that Obama “announced the end of the bulk collection of Americans phone records,” however that collection of American citizens’ sensitive data will continue.

“The president did the right thing,” Udall said.

President Barack Obama announced during a speech at the Justice Department Friday that he has directed Attorney General Eric Holder to make recommendations within 60 days on how the information should be warehoused and accessed.

However, Obama rejected one of the key recommendations of his advisory panel to require court approval for national security letters to retrieve information from banks as well as cellphone providers.

Meanwhile, phone companies have also rejected the proposal that they warehouse the information until the government decides to access the data.

“The president’s decision not to end bulk collection and retention of all Americans’ data remains highly troubling,” the ACLU said in a statement.

“The president’s own review panel recommended that bulk data collection be ended, and the president should accept that recommendation in its entirety,” the ACLU said.

Udall acknowledged “we’ve got a mission still in front of us and that is to implement all the changes he proposed,” but that Obama “showed he was listening to those of us across the political spectrum.”

“I feel like I’ve been a voice in the wilderness all these years,” Udall said.

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2 Responses to Udall Backs Changes to Phone Snooping Program

  1. Bob Terry
    January 20, 2014 at 11:28 am

    “I feel like I’ve been a voice in the wilderness all these years,” Udall said
    yep when you waiver as you always do …you are a voice in the wilderness..
    Udall acknowledged “we’ve got a mission still in front of us and that is to implement all the changes he proposed,” but that Obama “showed he was listening to those of us across the political spectrum.”Obama could care less …and Mark is listening ..so hey Obama is there too…God I need a group hug…jeez I thing i just wet my pants …GHAG!!!! This guy is so phony..and hopes you are as stupid to fall for this crap …or Maggies CRAP etc … warm fuzzy aren’t they so great GAG me…

  2. Andrew Carnegie
    January 20, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Udall is delusional. He is out to build confidence and trust?
    Udall is the liar that told everyone what would listen that you could keep your health plan and your doctor when he knew that was not true.
    He pretends to be an environmentalist yet the largest supporter of his campaign builds wind turbines and then utilities get licenses to kill endangered species like eagles when they use them.
    The only way he can build confidence and trust is to resign.

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