Manchin confident spy programs protect civil liberties

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After the briefing, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters the Obama administration was in the process of preparing a public information release that would attempt to address many of the privacy concerns that have been raised about the domestic programs.

National security and intelligence officials have been conducting a series of public and private briefings over the last two weeks after lawmakers criticized the NSA's programs as lacking sufficient oversight.