White House Considering 4 Options to Revamp NSA Surveillance

President Barack ObamaAdministration lawyers have presented the White House with four options for restructuring the National Security Agency’s phone-surveillance program, from ditching the controversial collection altogether to running it through the telephone companies, according to officials familiar with the discussions. President Barack Obama in January asked U.S. intelligence agencies and the attorney general to report by March 28 on alternatives for revamping the program in a way that would take it out of the NSA’s hands. The Office of Director of National Intelligence and the Justice Department have provided the options ahead of schedule, these people said. None of the three options for relocating the data have gained universal favor. But failure to agree on one of them would leave only the option of abolishing the program, which would be a setback for intelligence agencies and other backers of the surveillance effort.

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