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Peter King says Obama should 'stop apologizing' for NSA spying

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., defended the National Security Agency spy program that was revealed by leaks from Edward Snowden. (AP File)

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., is at it again, saying Sunday that President Obama “should stop apologizing, stop being defensive” over the National Security Agency spy program.

King, speaking with “Meet the Press” host David Gregory on NBC, defended the spy program that was revealed by leaks from Edward Snowden.

“The reality is the NSA has saved thousands of lives – not just in the United States but also in France and Germany and throughout Europe,” King said.

King went on to point out that French have carried out spy programs on the U.S. government and that the Hamburg cell began in Germany and included terrorists that eventually attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

“We’re not doing this for the fun of it,” King said. “This is to gather valuable intelligence, which helps not just us but also the European Union.”

King noted that the NSA has saved thousands of lives around the world, but he didn't mention that the domestic spy program - which has brought the biggest opposition - did not contribute to those numbers in any meaningful way.

King also reiterated his disdain for Snowden, saying the whistleblower is “causing tremendous damage to the country.”

King claimed that tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel was good for Germany. King said that if the U.S. intercepted those transmissions, that it would help not only the U.S. but also Germany. It’s another defense of spying as being for someone’s own good.

French spying and the fact that the 9/11 terrorists met in Germany should be no excuse for spying on the American people.