Clapper Reveals More, Defends Surveillance Programs

 WASHINGTON (AP) _ The nation’s top intelligence official is revealing more
details about one of the two secret surveillance programs that have been made
public in recent days.
 
 James Clapper is defending the programs _ involving the collection of phone
records of millions of Americans and the tracking of U.S. Internet use of
foreign nationals. He says they were legal, limited and necessary to spot
terrorist threats.
 
 And he’s denouncing the leaks that revealed the existence of the programs.
Clapper says because of the disclosure of the programs, America’s security will
suffer.
 
 Published reports have told of widespread collection of data from Internet use
and from telephone calls on Verizon.

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