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Bush defends surveillance

(White House-AP) May 11, 2006 - President Bush is defending his administration's compilation of a database of millions of phone calls involving ordinary Americans.

Without confirming or denying news reports about the activity, Bush issued a statement saying any domestic intelligence-gathering measures he's approved are "lawful," and he says "appropriate" members of Congress have been briefed.

Bush said the government doesn't "troll" the personal lives of Americans. But he didn't specifically address the reports about the National Security Administration's collection of phone records.

He said in all of its activities, the administration makes sure the privacy of "ordinary Americans" is "fiercely protected."

Bush also said whenever sensitive intelligence is leaked, it hurts the government's ability to defeat the terrorist enemy.

Posted 8:29pm by Chantelle Janelle

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