Hillary Clinton: We need a conversation about intelligence tech and liberty
October 11th, 2013
10:19 PM ET
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Hillary Clinton: We need a conversation about intelligence tech and liberty

(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.


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. freedom

    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.

    October 12, 2013 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  2. Ernest

    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.

    October 12, 2013 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  3. Agend for next elections!

    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 .

    October 12, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  4. Richard

    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!

    October 12, 2013 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  5. John C.

    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?

    October 12, 2013 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  6. Paul Sudbrock

    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.

    October 12, 2013 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  7. Shelia

    In other words if she gets elected she will take even more of our privacy away.

    October 12, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    We need a conversation about the principles and ideals this country was founded on, and we have to STOP, going in the wrong direction!

    October 12, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. ED 1

    Your 15 minutes are way up go back to sleep.

    October 12, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. josh

    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....

    October 12, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. smith

    This is the democrats favorite for 2016? WOW, it just gets worse and worse everyday. Where`s Lieberman? That would be a good choice.

    October 12, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Data Driven

    @Rick McDaniel,

    "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.

    October 12, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. mccoy

    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.

    October 12, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. JR

    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'.

    October 12, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. vinster76

    her only claim to fame: she used to share a bed with billy boy.........nothing else of substance to this individual.......nothing else........

    October 12, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Larry in Houston

    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)

    October 12, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. CaptDMO

    Who, exactly, deemed Ms. Clinton qualified to opine, on a (semi) world podium, on Intelligence, Technology, OR liberty?

    October 12, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. dave

    That's right coming from the FORMER Sec of State. Maybe she should have identified that during her time at the piracy helm.

    October 12, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Bill

    We need Elisabeth Warren NOT Clinton

    October 12, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. Name carl

    Go Hillary 2016..

    October 12, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |