(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says an “adult conversation” is needed on new intelligence-gathering technologies that allow unprecedented access to the private lives of Americans.
At a question-and-answer session at Chatham House Friday in London, Clinton said that “we need to have a sensible, adult conversation about what is necessary to be done” regarding surveillance technologies, “and how to do it in a way that is as transparent as it can be, with as much oversight and citizen understanding as can be.”
The comments are among the first the potential 2016 presidential candidate has made on the issue of individual liberty and security. Clinton did not directly mention Edward Snowden, the former government IT contractor who leaked sensitive National Security Agency information to the media.
Clinton said the problem is not limited to government surveillance.
“At least speaking for the United States, much more personal information about many more Americans is held by businesses in the United States than by our government. So how do we sort all of this out? This is a new problem,” Clinton said.
“People need to be better informed, but I think it would be going down a wrong path if we were to somehow reject the importance of both the debate and the kinds of intelligence activities that genuinely keep us safer.”
–CNN’s Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.
What – she's talking about transparency? She's a liar and betrayed servicemen to be murdered. Now she acts like she cares about Americans? Please.
Hillary needs an adult conversation about sticking her nose into Middle East affairs which she know nothing about, laughing and showing joy of the murder of Gaddafi, a head of state. Who can take her seriously.
This will be the agenda for next elections and she will be lying all the way regarding the NSA and its powers all the way till white house .
Oh, so now we have another bait being set up for American people. Another false hope that nobody will care about after they win the elections. Just like Obama ended the policy of being a world policeman and just as G.W Bush safeguarded us from outside threats and repaired our economy. The best part, people will rally after her again, claiming that she wants to control these organizations. What a (new) joke!
What is needed is an adult and frank discussion as to why the U.S. has so many enemies. Why are there-apparently-hundreds of thousands of individuals willing to commit suicide to harm U.S. interests? Who are these individuals and what is driving their hatred?
No other country seems to have as many enemies as the U.S. If it is because the U.S. is viewed as the world leader then how does its leadership result in generating so much anti-Americanism?
She is right, but she is not the right person for the job! She is a lying professional politician. We need Joe Arpaio on the job. Trust no second term politician. They are corrupted too quickly.
In other words if she gets elected she will take even more of our privacy away.
We need a conversation about the principles and ideals this country was founded on, and we have to STOP, going in the wrong direction!
Your 15 minutes are way up go back to sleep.
while this is a good and desperately necessary approach there is a little too much 'americans' in the discussion. Wiretapping UNO and other political organizations is SUCH a violation of conduct and is totally inexcusable. The US will destroy the rest of it's already heavily fading reputation when you just spy on everyone. This is a dumb and dangerous act, there has to be a limit what you must not do even if you could do it, and you guys have violated trust so terribly that it will already take decades until this is fixed again. Don't became a totalitarian nazi-like state, at the moment it seems you are running full speed towards that, and most of you have not even noticed....
This is the democrats favorite for 2016? WOW, it just gets worse and worse everyday. Where`s Lieberman? That would be a good choice.
"We need a conversation about the principles and ideals this country was founded on,"
We have one every two years as a country. They're called "elections". Last time, your side lost the argument. And, given the polling on the GOP after they are trying to overthrow that election, your side won't win the next argument, either.
Come up with better ideas than the ones you got; hey, maybe you'll win.
everyone in congress should go the internet. red skelton/ video results/ red and the pledge/ January 14, 1969. It will be a great reminder of why they were elected.
As someone that was originally a supporter of the Patriot Act, I've already seen what our technology can do and how our government is abusing it in the name of safety. I'd now rather take my chances with terrorism than give up what liberty we have left.
As to adult conversations, that's code for 'debate the issue with me and I'll make you wrong in your desire for privacy'. My answer to that is 'not interested'.
her only claim to fame: she used to share a bed with billy boy.........nothing else of substance to this individual.......nothing else........
well, I hope she waits to decide – like wait till after the mid – terms (2014 elections) IF it goes like they are saying @ the "other" news channel, then they've got a lot more inside Info, than I will ever have. I wonder who or what they think is going to happen ? I mean, are they planning on doing a huge ground game, 3 months before the mid terms ?
I mean, it's not like the presidential election, where the "deciders" are 6 or 7 states.
You've got to have some type of "ground game" in all those districts, in the states that have the republicans currently in office, who currently hold seats in their districts.
Bottom line is this : the mid-terms has a huge effect on whomever is the current p o t u s .....it can make him, or break him ( or her) it can even provide gridlock – if there is divided government. ( like it is now)
Who, exactly, deemed Ms. Clinton qualified to opine, on a (semi) world podium, on Intelligence, Technology, OR liberty?
That's right coming from the FORMER Sec of State. Maybe she should have identified that during her time at the piracy helm.
We need Elisabeth Warren NOT Clinton
Go Hillary 2016..