June 7th, 2013
07:30 AM ET
8 years ago

Data surveillance in the U.S.: necessary or 'obscenely outrageous'?

(CNN) - Is the U.S. government indiscriminately monitoring your phone calls or e-mails? It says no.

But reports in two newspapers this week claim that intelligence agencies have collected vast amounts of data from U.S. phone and Internet companies.


Filed under: Congress • Homeland Security • President Obama • White House
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Guess

    Now the media is making their own work

    June 7, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  2. jpmichigan

    Is this phase 2 of the IRS political targeting? Is the NSA actually targeting political groups too? With all that has come to be fact, this American taxpayer is wondering. Will all our civil liberties be taken away, by this administration? Chavez is dead, long live Obama, his replacement in the USA.

    June 7, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  3. Tabeth

    If there would be a terrorist attack on America, Obama would be blamed beyond measure.
    He would be called all kind of names.....Now he is doing his level best to keep America safe, can't we be thankful?
    Though probably the method may not be appropriate...did he get the legal approbation for it? Yes then what!

    Do you want another 9/11 no! then shut up and be thankful sir!

    June 7, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  4. Name king

    Lesson folks there is a price for every thing, even freedom

    June 7, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  5. thomase

    As bad as it is, you can't blame just Obama for this. You can't just blame Bush for this. The fault also lies squarely on the shoulders on the American citizen who is apathetic about the liberties that they gave away out of fear due to 9/11.

    While Obama talks a lovely game about repealing the Patriot Act, you people need to let your representatives know that living in fear while having your freedoms trampled is not what you want. This isn't a partisan issue. It's an American issue.

    June 7, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    They collect far more than that, thanks to people like Timothy McVeigh.
    When George W. Bush put it in place, he was keeping America safe.

    June 7, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Several tech giants whose servers were reportedly ensnared in the PRISM program denied any knowledge of it Thursday.

    Microsoft said in a statement it does not participate in any national security data gathering program. Facebook and Google said they do not give government agencies direct access to their servers.

    Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said that his company has never heard of PRISM

    Our media is WAY out of control. I have no problem when they report facts and in depth research. Lately though, it is nothing but innuendo and gossip. This might be why I am unwilling to "react" anymore to whatever agenda the media is pushing. There are already too many people reacting to the said/he said bait without first getting the truth. Apparently the truth doesn't matter anymore.

    June 7, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  8. smith

    This is just a foul odor anyway you cut it. If this going on during the GWB years libs would be screaming. The dems have no bounds anymore all they care about is trying to stay in power. Everything the do or try to do is to stay on top. They don`t want a 2 party republic, they want a liberal dictatorship.

    June 7, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    Nothing wrong. It I'd for the good of the "NATIONAL SECURITY". ACLU need not be stupid.

    June 7, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  10. Borderless

    Well, I guess we can add shamelessly spying on American citizens to Obama's resume. Are we tired of him yet?

    June 7, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  11. Data Driven

    Necessary? Obscenely outrageous? Who cares, since it's legal, thanks to Mr. Bush, Mr. Obama, and a cowering, sniveling, frightened United States Congress ... and the voters who put them there.

    June 7, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Welcome to 1984, big-government lovers.

    June 7, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |