Obama defends NSA, says he'll propose 'self-restraint' on agency to boost public confidence

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 5, 2013 - 6:24 PM

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is defending the National Security Agency, saying it does a very good job of not engaging in domestic surveillance.

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deputydawg2Dec. 5, 13 6:31 PM

He's defending an out of control federal agency that is under his administration and that he directs.

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jdlellis1Dec. 5, 13 7:30 PM

Does any believe Senator Obama would have been elected and won the Nobel Peace Prize had he announced during his candidacy if he would have 1-An Increase in drone strikes over that of President Obama. 2-Continued the policies of the previous administration with respect to surveillance. 3-Used the IRS to hinder activities of his political opponents. 4-Being the least transparent President since Nixon, as reported by WNYC on National Public Radio?

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Bright LightDec. 5, 1311:16 PM

jdlellis1: Kind of a mashup of conflicting and inaccurate complaints. #3 isn't remotely true since more "liberal" organizations were investigated for eligibility for tax exemption than "conservative" ones but liberals don't whine about it. Are you disappointed Obama isn't more open or just an uninformed Fox news watcher listing their talking points?

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Bright LightDec. 5, 1311:22 PM

There is no WNYC report that criticizes Obama's "tranparency" compared to Nixon. None. It's another made-up GOP talking point.

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halfabubbleDec. 6, 1312:00 AM

I'm disappointed that the president has chosen to basically accept the NSA's view that any data out there is theirs for the taking. Basically put, this is saying, "trust me". Sorry Mr. President, I don't trust you, or the NSA. The NSA is an agency that is out of control and should not be in the job of collecting everyone's communication on the off chance they can make a connection. The NSA's inability to stop the Boston bombings, and it's inability to find Bin Laden are proof that it's over reach has done nothing to serve the American people. The fact that they have claimed to have fired people for looking up old love interests in their vast data collection efforts only further proves that they do not have the appropriate controls to prevent more malicious "bad actors" within the NSA. The fact that the NSA is now known to have illegally infiltrated Google, Microsoft and Yahoo's network, is yet more evidence of an out of control agency. There isn't a need for more review or transparency. The need is to shut their vast operations down and stop snooping on the public.

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firefight41Dec. 6, 13 6:24 AM

When will Obama start defending the American people and the Constitution?

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patriot1988Dec. 6, 13 7:13 AM

A Obama interview with Chris Matthews would be the same as a Ted Cruz interview with Glenn Beck...Where is the story on Obama's blatant lie regarding him living with his uncle. Anyone catch that?

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RankenFyleDec. 6, 13 7:33 AM

The NSA has become just anther tumorous outgrowth of the fiasco called Homeland Security. Keep throwing money at it, with a minimum of oversight, and it turns into a hoarder of collected data on the citizenry. With no plans to expunge the data, it will be held in perpetuity until some malfeasance figures out how to use for their own personal gain.

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firefight41Dec. 6, 13 7:37 AM

Kind of a mashup of conflicting and inaccurate complaints. #3 isn't remotely true since more "liberal" organizations were investigated for eligibility for tax exemption than "conservative" ones but liberals don't whine about it. Are you disappointed Obama isn't more open or just an uninformed Fox news watcher listing their talking points? ****************** The person brings up 4 complaints, yet only one complaint is argued against. Interesting.

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wiseoracleDec. 6, 13 8:03 AM

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Yes NSA, this applies to you too! Yes Mr. President, this applies to you too! Its the law of our land.

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