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The Obama administration on Thursday defended the National Security Agency's need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, calling such information "a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats." (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obama Administration Defends ‘Daily’ Collection Of US Citizen Phone Records

The Obama administration on Thursday defended the National Security Agency’s need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, calling such information “a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats.”

06/06/2013

President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan hold a joint press conference, during a rain shower, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 16, 2013. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama: I Have ‘Complete Confidence’ In Holder

President Barack Obama continues to back Attorney General Eric Holder following the fallout over the Justice Department secretly obtaining two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press.

05/16/2013

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney answers questions during a press briefing at the White House on May 10, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

White House: We Had No Knowledge Of DOJ Attempts To Seek AP Phone Records

The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.

05/14/2013

File photo of Attorney General Eric Holder.  (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Government Obtains Wide AP Phone Records In Probe

The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.

05/13/2013

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