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Bush defends domestic spying

The President said that it's just a limited programme that tracks only incoming calls to the United States.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2006 12:33 IST

President George W Bush on Sunday strongly defended his domestic spying programme, saying it's a limited programme that tracks only incoming calls to the United States.

Bush spoke to reporters at Brooke Army Medical Center where he was visiting wounded troops. He said the fact that someone leaked information about the secret order to eavesdrop on Americans with suspected ties to terrorists causes great harm to the nation.

"It's seems logical to me that if we know there's a phone number associated with Al-Qaeda or an Al-Qaeda affiliate and they're making phone calls, it makes sense to find out why," Bush said. "They attacked us before, they'll attack us again."

Asked how he responds to Americans worried about violations of their privacy, Bush responded, "If somebody from Al-Qaeda is calling you, we'd like to know why."

The president said that he is conscious of people's civil liberties.

"This is a limited programme designed to prevent attacks on the United States of America and, I repeat, limited," he said.

First Published: Jan 02, 2006 03:13 IST