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Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the leading civil liberties advocates in Congress isn't impressed with the changes outlined by President Barack Obama today in the government's surveillance programs.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul says he'll continue to challenge the National Security Agency's spying programs. Paul calls it "the same unconstitutional program with a new configuration."

Obama today called for an end to government control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans. And he wants intelligence agencies to get court permission before getting access to the records.

Obama said intelligence officials have not intentionally abused the program to invade privacy. But he also says he believes critics of the program have been right to argue that without proper safeguards, the collection could be used to obtain more information about American's private lives and open the door to more intrusive programs.