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Obama: Surveillance programs involve ‘modest encroachments’ on privacy, help fight terror

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President Obama defended the government’s internet surveillance as a “modest encroachment” on the privacy of Americans, but he maintained that the programs initiated by George W. Bush help keep Americans safe, adding that he increased oversight of the surveillance. Obama warmed to the Bush-era Patriot Act programs after taking office. “We actually expanded some of the oversight, increased some...

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