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NSA to No Longer Keep Phone Call Records Under Obama Plan

President Barack Obama defended U.S. electronic spying as a bulwark against terrorism while promising U.S. citizens and allies he will put new restraints on the government’s sweeping global surveillance programs.

In his long-anticipated response to the uproar set off by disclosures of telephone and Internet spying by the National Security Agency, the president said he would require judicial review of requests to query phone call databases and ordered Justice Department and intelligence officials to devise a way to take storage of that data out of the government’s hands.