WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top intelligence official is moving to tamp down an uproar over two secret surveillance programs. He's declassifying details about one program and insisting the efforts were legal, limited and necessary to detect terrorist threats.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is also denouncing the leaks that revealed the programs. He says America's security will suffer.
But he's offering new information as well.
Clapper says every three months, a court reviews a program that collects Americans' phone records and the records are only culled when facts show a terrorism connection.
He says a separate, Internet-tracking program doesn't intentionally target Americans.
Some members of Congress are vowing to change the phone records program they voted to authorize. Critics are also questioning President Barack Obama's commitment to privacy and civil liberties.
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