Hamline University Professor NSA Changes Won't Solve the Problem

Updated: 01/18/2014 12:35 PM
Created: 01/17/2014 5:59 PM
By: Steve Patterson

In a lengthy address, President Obama mapped out a new strategy for the much-maligned NSA surveillance program. One of the major changes announced is that the government won't store personal phone records anymore. A third party will.

But according to local Constitutional Law Professor David Schultz, that doesn't solve the problem. 

"If the government's not going to hold onto it, private sector is going to hold onto it, perhaps.  Well this is, perhaps, the same private sector that we saw recently, as with Target and Nieman Marcus, that had a huge breach in their security," said Schultz.

Overall, Schultz doesn't see much changing. 

He argues that the President ultimately asked the American people to trust the government to be responsible with the information they have access to. But he thinks the President's critics will pass on the offer, saying "The whole idea of a constitution is based upon the idea saying we don't trust the government and we want to place limits upon what they can do.

When asked if the American people should trust the government at this point, Schultz answered with a smile, "There seems to be a credibility gap at this point I think the President has to address.



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