President Obama Defends NSA Surveillance Programs As “Right Balance”


President Barack Obama issued a strong statement in support Friday for the controversial National Security Agency surveillance programs that have been disclosed to the press in recent days.

“You can shout Big Brother or program run amok, but if you actually look at the details, I think we’ve struck the right balance,” Obama said in his first remarks on the subject since the issue arose this week.

(VIDEO: President Obama Says No One Is Listening to Your Phone Calls)

Obama repeated details that administration had put out about the programs after reports by the Guardian and the Washington Post put two classified programs into the spotlight. The first involves U.S. officials gathering records on all phone calls, including call duration and phone numbers, to look for patterns that can be tied to terrorist activity. “Nobody is listening to your telephone calls,” Obama said repeatedly. “That’s not what this program…

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