Obama says NSA surveillance programs have saved lives, at least 50 threats averted

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  • Updated: June 19, 2013 - 6:42 AM

BERLIN — President Barack Obama says lives have been saved by sweeping surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency.

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johnnycgoodJun. 19, 13 6:52 AM

Funny, he didn't feel that way as Candidate Obama. Just the opposite in fact. But hey, just tell the people what they want to hear.

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beveryafraidJun. 19, 13 6:55 AM

Surveillance of innocent American citizens by a secret government program reflects our weaknessness, not our strengths.

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firefight41Jun. 19, 13 6:58 AM

Obama should get his stories straight. In the days after the leaks, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers cited one attack that he said was thwarted by the programs. In the comments of other intelligence officials, that number grew to two, then 10, then dozens. On Tuesday, Alexander said more than 50 attacks were averted because of the surveillance. So which is it, One? Ten? Dozens?

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circleoflifeJun. 19, 13 7:12 AM

As much as I want to believe this, I'm having a little trouble believing this program thwarted 50 terror attacks. Only because pre 9/11, we didn't have any where near that amount of attacks or threats. I think our government is reaching pretty far to convince the American people that spying on us is ok and for our own good. Kind of troubling.

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edinawaterJun. 19, 13 7:15 AM

This nation is far too fearful of terrorists that, even at their worst, pose a fraction of the threat that automobiles do. What happened to land of the free, home of the brave? Live free or die? Give me liberty or give me death? Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety? ----

How many people will give a thumbs down to these historic quotes that describe the American spirit?

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