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June 7, 2013 - 10:45 am
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President Obama gave a rambling defense of NSA spying on Americans at what was supposed to be an ObamaCare event today, telling reporters “it’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience.”

Speaking at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, Calif., Obama lauded Spanish-media promotion of ObamaCare in the state and told Republicans in the House to stop voting to repeal the law “and start working with people like the leaders who are on stage here today to make this law work the way it’s supposed to.”

After a lengthy defense of ObamaCare, Obama opened the floor for “one question” — and was asked for his reaction on reports of broad surveillance of Americans’ phones and Internet.

“The programs that have been discussed over the last couple of days in the press are secret in the sense that they’re classified, but they’re not secret in the sense that, when it comes to telephone calls, every member of Congress has been briefed on this program,” the president said.

Only congressional leadership and the intelligence committees, though, are traditionally briefed on sensitive intelligence matters.

“With respect to all these programs, the relevant intelligence committees are fully briefed on these programs. These are programs that have been authorized by broad bipartisan majorities repeatedly since 2006,” Obama continued. “And so I think at the outset it’s important to understand that your duly-elected representatives have been consistently informed on exactly what we’re doing.”

Trying to break down the separate issues, the president said “when it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls.”

“That’s not what this program’s about. As was indicated, what the intelligence community is doing is looking at phone numbers and durations of calls. They are not looking at people’s names, and they’re not looking at content. But by sifting through this so-called metadata, they may identify potential leads with respect to folks who might engage in terrorism,” he said. “…So I want to be very clear: Some of the hype that we’ve been hearing over the last day or so, nobody’s listening to the content of people’s phone calls.”

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How ironic it is that all of Obama's personal information is sealed but when it comes to someone else's privacy its no big deal.
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"Obama called the debate over privacy concerns versus security measures “a sign of maturity, because probably five years ago, six years ago, we might not have been having this debate.”"

Really, Mr. President? Because I recall having this exact debate five or six years ago. I also remember you being on the other side of it. So, what does it all boil down to? George Bush couldn't be trusted but you can??
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“it’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience.”

Its more important to recognize that under the 4th Amendment you can't search my stuff without probable cause. If you think I've done something, get a warrant. Until then, bite me.

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"nobody is listening to your telephone calls or reading your emails".

But if you choose to run for office against a Democrat or provide major support for someone who is running against one, well then . . .

I am still waiting to hear how Harry Reid got information on 10 years of Romney's tax returns. (Which turned out to be all proper and legal by the way - so it was a double sleaze by the Democrats, i.e. misappropriate personal information and then lie about its contents when what is in there doesn't serve your purpose)
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Just think, there are some who don't mind Obama's camel nose under the tent.
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>>> With the snooping on Internet accounts and email, Obama said, “this does not apply to U.S. citizens and it does not apply to people living in the United States.” <<<

Another BIG WHOPPER! This same lie your NSA Director testified under oath that no snooping on Americans or Citizens in the US happened?

>>> “We’re also setting up — we’ve also set up an audit process when I came into office to make sure that we’re, after the fact, making absolutely certain that all the safeguards are being properly observed.” <<<

This and your claim of not knowing our phone conversations, mr. president, you don't have any credibility left.
1 year ago
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"nobody is listening in on your phone calls"...

a lie..

PRISM does exactly that.. of course they'd never listen to mine, I'm just another opposition voter.. but would his "team" do it to Romney?.. Boehner?.. Rand Paul?

To believe they never would, requires you not only forget all his hyperbole and threats, but that the IRS never confessed to targeting his enemies.. he asks for trust, when there is absolutely none for the Chicago corrupticrat in chief.
1 year ago
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A pox upon EVERYONE who re elected this anti American, left wing dirt bag!!!
Can't remember which founding father it was who said, "Those who would give up privacy in order to have more security deserve neither liberty nor security". That is what we have here. We could have a lot MORE privacy as AMERICAN CITIZENS if our idiotic government leaders could develop some guts AND common sense and restrict the tight surveillance almost entirely to people MOST LIKELY to BE terrorists or spies for enemy countries. But, oh, NO, that would be "Racial profiling" and "discrimination", so they have to destroy all privacy rights and Constitutional restrictions on illegal searches and seizures ONLY of people who are NOT Arabic or illegal aliens,or so it seems, just exactly the same way they "screen" flyers at airports.
1 year ago
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Benjamin Franklin.
1 year ago
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It's easy to call privacy encroachments "modest" when nobody encroaching on his.
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" “…So I want to be very clear: Some of the hype that we’ve been hearing over the last day or so, nobody’s listening to the content of people’s phone calls.”

And we're supposed to trust what you say because? Like we've never had a reason to distrust what you say before?
1 year ago
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Thank you, Mr. Transparent.
1 year ago
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Axelrod told Obama that two non sequiturs equal a sequitur.
It's the only thing Obama has faultlessly executed in 8 years.
And Obama doesn't even understand it.
1 year ago
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He can't even take 1 question from the press anymore. Maybe he'll give speeches and not open up for any more questions.
That strategy worked out well for Nixon, too.
It's going to be a long. hot summer in DC.
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