U.S. surveillance of phone records is defended by FBI head

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Robert Mueller said the government's surveillance of U.S. phone records has disrupted up to a dozen terrorist plots since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. Speaking in Germany, President Barack Obama also defended the monitoring by saying, "Lives have been saved, and the encroachment on privacy has been strictly limited by a court-approved process."

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