WATCH: Full Obama Interview By Charlie Rose

WATCH: Full Obama Interview By Charlie Rose

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama defended top secret National Security Agency spying programs as legal in a lengthy interview Monday, and called them transparent – even though they are authorized in secret.

He added that he’s set up a privacy and civil liberties oversight board to help in the debate over just how far government data gathering should be allowed to go – a discussion that is complicated by the secrecy surrounding the FISA court, with hearings held at undisclosed locations and with only government lawyers present. The orders that result are all highly classified.

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