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Obama Defends Phone, Internet Surveillance
Obama Defends Phone, Internet Surveillance

President Obama says classified intelligence gathering has been authorized by Congress.

In a news conference in San Jose, Obama said, quote, “Nobody is listening to your telephone calls.”  Obama was asked to respond to reports of widespread Internet and phone data mining by the National Security Agency, NSA.

Speaking broadly, the President cited wide-ranging efforts to protect the U.S. from terrorism.  He said members of Congress are regularly briefed but noted that a special court monitors classified intelligence gathering efforts.

To listen to the president’s complete remarks, click on the audio link below.