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Obama: 'Our Intelligence Agencies Will Continue to Gather Information About the Intentions of Governments'

'We will not apologize simply because our services may be more effective.'

12:04 PM, Jan 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Obama announced that U.S. intelligence will still "gather information about the intentions of governments," despite changes to the NSA programs:

"Now let me be clear: our intelligence agencies will continue to gather information about the intentions of governments – as opposed to ordinary citizens – around the world, in the same way that the intelligence services of every other nation does," said Obama at a speech today at the Justice Department. "We will not apologize simply because our services may be more effective. But heads of state and government with whom we work closely, and on whose cooperation we depend, should feel confident that we are treating them as real partners. And the changes I’ve ordered do just that."

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