Seeking to tamp fears, confusion, intelligence officials defend spy programs as safeguards

  • Article by: LARA JAKES , AP National Security Writer
  • Updated: June 11, 2013 - 10:50 PM

WASHINGTON — Dogged by fear and confusion about sweeping spy programs, intelligence officials sought to convince House lawmakers in an unusual briefing Tuesday that the government's years-long collection of phone records and Internet usage is necessary for protecting Americans — and does not trample on their privacy rights.

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