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On Friday, President Barack Obama defended secret programs to monitor Americans’ phone calls, emails, and other internet activities, labeling them “modest encroachments” on privacy. “In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother, and how this is a potential program run amok,” Obama said. “But when you actually look at the details, then I think we’ve struck the right balance.”...................................
Speaking in northern California on Friday to address Obamacare, President Obama instead launched into a tirade about recent reports regarding government surveillance of everything from phone records to credit card statements to internet chats. Obama noted that Congress had been informed of the programs at issue, and said that “the relevant intelligence committees are fully briefed on these programs.” He called reports on the programs “hype.” Then he got to the meat of the issue:
When it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That's not what this program is about. ... What the intelligence 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. ... If the intelligence committee actually wants to listen to a phone call they have to go back to a federal judge, just like they would in a criminal investigation.
Obama: 'Nobody Is Listening To Your Telephone Calls'
During his speech in San Jose, California on Friday, President Obama took one question from the press on national security monitoring of Americans. Without any sense of irony whatsoever in the aftermath of the IRS’ targeting of conservatives, the administration’s stonewalling on Benghazi, the Department of Justice’s targeting of reporters, the Department of Health and Human Services’ leveraging of private organizations for Obamacare public relations cash, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s secret email addresses, Obama unloaded this line:
If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges, to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.
Obama: If People 'Can't Trust' Government, 'We're Going to Have Some Problems Here'
I remember back in the day when they were justifying the Patriot Act and how it would NEVER be used on Americans.
Originally posted by butcherguy
If Obama views it as a 'modest encroachment', then he shouldn't mind if I get a peek at all of his emails.
Yup, okay Obama.
Obama: Privacy Invasions 'Modest Encroachments'
Definition of ENCROACH
1 : to enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another
2 : to advance beyond the usual or proper limits