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Clapper Weighs In

Director of National Intelligence Gen. James Clapper weighed in on the president's NSA speech Friday, calling his proposed reforms "a measured and thoughtful response."

Here's the full statement:

"The President took a measured and thoughtful approach to the intelligence reforms he's directing. The reforms he announced today and those that are under consideration are focused on striking the right balance between making sure we have the tools necessary to conduct intelligence, that we are being as transparent as possible and that we're not violating the civil liberties and privacy of innocent Americans."

"I was gratified that he expressed his continued confidence in the men and women of the Intelligence Community. He recognized the IC workforce for performing extraordinarily difficult jobs where success is rarely celebrated, but is vital to our national security. It's something our workforce needed to hear after what has been a challenging past several months."