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Washington, DC - July 9, 2013
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman Senate Judiciary Committee:
"Do you believe the bulk collection of metadata for domestic telephone calls or emails is appropriate, even if the majority of individuals who the calls or emails are associated with are law abiding Americans?"
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) James Comey, Nominee for FBI Director:
"Senator, I am not familiar with the details of the current programs, obviously I haven't been cleared for anything like that and I have been out of the government for 8 years. I do know as a general matter that the collection of metadata and analysis of metadata is a valuable tool in counter terrorism."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman Senate Judiciary Committee:
"Let me ask you this, we're going to be in this committee very shortly be reviewing again some of the aspects of this. If you are confirmed, will you work with me, I am not asking you for a committment on a particular piece of legislation, but work with me to enact some common sense improvements to our surveillance laws?"
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) James Comey, Nominee for FBI Director:
"Certainly Senator, I'd be happy to work with you."
The Obama administration's nominee to become the next FBI director is offering some assurances about FBI surveillance programs.
James Comey told senators that the programs are subject to strict oversight designed to ensure that individual privacy rights are not violated.
Comey said he's not familiar with details of the government's phone and Internet surveillance program.
But he also said that collecting that type of information can be "a valuable tool" in counterterrorism.