Obama Defends Sweeping NSA Surveillance Program

President forced to defend NSA snooping on California trip, says Congress was fully aware.

President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Administration's program of collecting Americans' phone records in San Jose, Calif. on June 6, 2013.

President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Administration's program of collecting Americans' phone records in San Jose, Calif. on June 6, 2013.

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Perhaps anticipating the response to those remarks, Obama couched them slightly.

"That's not to suggest to just say 'Trust me, we're doing the right thing, we know who the bad guys are,'" he said. "But my observation is that the people who are involved in America's national security, they take this work very seriously. They cherish our Constitution."

"In the abstract you can complain about Big Brother or how this a potential program run amok, but when you actually look at the details I think we've struck the right balance."

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