FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday defended the government's program of surveilling telephone records before skeptical members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who raised privacy concerns about the activity. Some senators argued that security agencies should collect the records from telecoms only when they suspect terrorist ties, but Mueller called the surveillance a cornerstone of U.S. security efforts that was legal under the Patriot Act. National Security Agency officials said Tuesday that the program has helped spoil more than 50 potential terrorist schemes since 9/11.

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