Mr Bush, speaking on a visit to San Antonio, Texas, said the programme was vital and necessary to protect the US.
The US Justice Department has opened an inquiry into how information about the programme was leaked to a newspaper...
...Questioned by reporters, Mr Bush said he was conscious of people's civil liberties and the violation of their privacy - but added: "If somebody from al-Qaeda is calling you, we'd like to know why."
"We're at war," the president said.
He called the operation legal as well as vital to thwarting terrorist attacks, and contended the leak making it public had caused "great harm to the nation"...
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