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Obama defends phone data collection program



Published: Fri, June 7, 2013 @ 1:37 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vigorously defended sweeping secret surveillance into America's phone records and foreigners' Internet use, declaring "we have to make choices as a society."

Taking questions today from reporters at a health care event in San Jose, Calif., Obama said, "It's important to recognize that you can't have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience."

It was revealed late Wednesday that the National Security Agency has been collecting the phone records of hundreds of millions of U.S. phone customers.

The leaked document first reported by the Guardian newspaper gave the NSA authority to collect from all of Verizon's land and mobile customers, but intelligence experts said the program swept up the records of other phone companies too. Another secret program revealed Thursday scours the Internet usage of foreign nationals overseas who use any of nine U.S.-based internet providers such as Microsoft and Google.

In his first comments since the programs were publicly revealed this week, Obama said safeguards are in place.

"They help us prevent terrorist attacks," Obama said. He said he has concluded that prevention is worth the "modest encroachments on privacy."


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1AtownAugie(697 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Obama is making Nixon look like a piker

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2walter_sobchak(1909 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Yeah, I am sure there is nothing to worry about. What a few phone records? It's not like the govt is tapping into the servers of internet providers or using the IRS to investigate potential political adversaries while insisting it wasn't a coordinated program, or bugging jounalists, or running guns into Mexico to drug lords, or dragging their feet in the investigation of an ambassador's murder, or... (fill in the blank).Yes Barack Hussein Obama makes Nixon look like a rank amateur. And he complains about Communist China hacking into our government and business computers.

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3Knightcap(699 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

^ best one for today.

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4Cosmo19(53 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Big ado about nothing.
There's nothing to debate. The Congress legislated, the Executive branch executed and the Judicial branch has approved, and continues to approve. Representatives of both Parties agreed to this action.

For those who don't want their purses and suitcases x-rayed, don't use airplanes.

For those who don't want their phone records available for examination, don't use the phone.

For those who don't want their internet activity observed, don't use the internet.

The 4th amendment uses the term "unreasonable" . Your elected representatives have decided that these actions are reasonable in light of the threats to national security.

Since I don't have access to the threat status, I have to rely on others to judge that if it is reasonable.

There seems to be bi-partisan agreement on this, so it's not a republican versus democrat thing.

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5zz3(931 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Hows the Kool-Aid???

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6Cosmo19(53 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Sorry zz3, didn't intend to force you to use your most persuasive debating skills.

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7zz3(931 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

hurts don't it, truth has that effect

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8KSUgrad(144 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

The Supreme Court has already ruled on the matter of phone metadata.

In 1979 in Smith v Maryland SCOTUS held that phone metadata (called and received numbers, time and duration) is NOT protected under the 4th amendment.

No warrant is required to obtain and collect that data.

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts...

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9zz3(931 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

If that were true they would just tap everyone phone and local police would not require a warrant or probable cause to do so. That one does not apply to email etc.. they did not have email at that time and written word will be different, that is if this corrupt WH just says " I don't know" as they do in everything else. This makes the mob look like boy scouts!! Again, the countries we hate to talk about and defintily would not want to live do the same things. So get this guy outta there or get used to the New World Order

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