WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Robert Mueller
is defending the government's collection of millions of U.S. phone
records, emails and other information that people transmit online as
vital to the nation's national security.
In his last appearance as FBI director before the House Judiciary Committee, Mueller
(MUHL'-ur) said the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has
approved the surveillance programs and they have been conducted in
compliance with U.S. law and with oversight from Congress.
revelation that the National Security Agency is collecting millions of
U.S. phone records along with digital communications stored by nine
major Internet companies has touched off a national debate over whether
the Obama administration, in its efforts to thwart terrorism, has
overstepped proper bounds by using intrusive surveillance methods.