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Rogers Troubled By Spying Recommendations

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WASHINGTON (AP/WLNS) - A mid-Michigan congressman, who leads the House Intelligence Committee, says he has "serious concerns" about a group that wants to reform and revamp the way the National Security Agency (NSA) does business.

If President Barack Obama follows even half of the recommendations urged by his advisory panel, the National Security Agency would significantly change the way it does business.

A 300-page report released Wednesday by a five-member panel of intelligence and legal experts proposes 46 recommendations that, taken together, call for more oversight of the government's vast spying network. Still, few programs would be ended.

"Though I am still studying the details, I have serious concerns with some of the report's 46 recommendations. Any intelligence collection reforms must be careful to preserve important national security capabilities. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Congress to enact meaningful reforms in the near future," said Congressman Mike Rogers.

The collection of U.S. phone records and the spying on other governments and their citizens would continue. But Americans' phone records would be held by phone companies, not the NSA, and multiple court orders, rather than just one, could be required before the information could be searched.

Obama is not bound by a single recommendation but the White House says he is considering them.

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