Politics
5:18 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Durbin Supportive of NSA Changes

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (File photo)
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (File photo)
Credit Sen. Dick Durbin / Flickr

Illinois' senior U.S. Senator says he supports President Barack Obama's changes for the National Security Agency. Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports.

                                              

President Obama's seen a split within his own party since Edward Snowden's revelations about how the U.S is gathering intelligence. But at least one Democrat -- Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin -- says Obama is taking the right steps in balancing privacy with keeping America safe.

"It is rare, rare in the history of this country the President steps up and says 'I am willing to limit the powers of the presidency to protect constitutional rights.' And he did it."

Obama says the U.S. will no longer hold on to so-called "meta data" of phone calls. Obama also says the political leaders of Americas' allies will not be monitored without a compelling reason.