FBI Director James Comey says new encryption features allow people "to place themselves beyond the law." Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 14, 2013. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Comey said he's "confused" by reports that characterize NSA contractor Edward Snowden as a "whistleblower" or a "hero." Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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FBI Director James Comey is pictured earlier this month during his swearing-in ceremony at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Newly minted FBI Director James Comey speaks at a swearing-in ceremony last week at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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FBI Director nominee James Comey prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination. Comey spent 15 years as a federal prosecutor before serving in the George W. Bush administration, where he is best-known for facing down the White House over a warrantless surveillance program. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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President Obama is expected to nominate James Comey, seen in 2004, to be the next director of the FBI. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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