June 13th, 2013
11:37 AM ET
8 years ago

FBI director defends surveillance programs, clashes with legislator

Washington (CNN) - FBI Director Robert Mueller said Thursday that secret government surveillance programs disclosed by leaks of classified information have been conducted in adherence with the U.S. Constitution and federal laws.

"The legality has been ensured" by the Department of Justice, and special federal courts set up to handle surveillance issues "ruled and monitored these programs and again, ensured the legality," he told the House Judiciary Committee.


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  1. Guy

    Sorry dude, I will take my chances against the terrorists. Back off of the surveillance. I don't trust you clowns in the government..period.

    June 13, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair


    Sorry dude, I will take my chances against the terrorists. Back off of the surveillance. I don't trust you clowns in the government..period.

    June 13, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Obama's Patriot Act cannot be trust, just like the man

    "We are a nation of laws, not men," Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the panel, said in his opening statement at the hearing.

    Mr. Conyers might want to tell Barack Hussein Obama and Eric Holder about this novel concept. They have pretty much shredded the Constitution over the last 4.5 years. The messes you see now is what you get when the people at the top levels of government disregard the law. It says it is OK to do so.

    June 13, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. just sayin

    well all i can say is that if this is legal then we are all royally scaruuude! we need to fine tune any laws that these people are using as basis to vacuum up information on every american citizen, terrorist or not. when the government thinks it can be the keeper of everything that transpires in the country, then yes, they have gone too far. just because you can, doesn't mean you should. just because it is legal, doesn;t make it right. concepts lost on a government hell bent of controlling every aspect of our lives.

    June 13, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. loadmaster3

    The Barry Obama regime is imploding, just as I have been predicting. Just wait until obamacare is fully implemented next year!

    June 13, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Dixie

    The act maybe leagal but the people want it to stop. We gave these fools their shot and they need to move on so we can clean up their mess.

    June 13, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    There is no justification whatsoever, to spy on the public for political purposes. None.

    June 13, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. truth hurts but reality bites

    What we have here is a sneaky government that is parsing words and playing cute. They think they can collect all of this information and store it in a giant government owned database for years and years and that is completely legal because they haven't actually looked at any of the information yet. They have just collected it and there are no laws against collecting information into a giant database.

    They are saying the laws only cover ITS USE, its actual viewing and to do that, they go and get court approval.

    We need new laws barring the government COLLECTION of all data from all people not named in a search warrant.

    June 13, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I think it is a complete waste of time to argue with these neo-Libertarians on this issue. They won't be happy until the federal government is gone, their state's government is gone, not until ALL government is gone and we're living out in the open range again, just like they did when the West was first settled before the Gold Rush.

    June 13, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |