Obama bristles at suggestion he's shifted on snooping
June 17th, 2013
11:31 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama bristles at suggestion he's shifted on snooping

(CNN) - Critics who have compared President Barack Obama's stance on government surveillance to that of hawkish former Vice President Dick Cheney are missing his insistence on proper systematic balances, Obama said in an interview that aired Monday.

Defending at length the recently revealed government programs that gather information about phone calls and Internet usage, Obama said his focus has always been on allowing information to be gathered while ensuring necessary oversight.


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  1. anthony barbuto

    Reasons to impeach Obama:.....1) Benghazi coverup,...2) Billions of dollars given to his cronies from dept of energy appointees and lost by these businesses going bankrupt...see the book " throw them all out" for details...3) economy is a Ponzi scheme, using printed dollars worth nothing to pay for inflated programs...4) Executive Order 13603 gives Obama the power to regulate; food, work, production, transportation, raw materials and can even induct citizens for strategic work....better read it then run to your bunker and close the door...5) attempt to revoke our 2nd 10th and 22nd Amendment rights....... Impeach the bum, we did it to Nixon and he did only ONE impeachable coverup...

    June 18, 2013 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  2. Thomas

    Obama can't win to loose .

    If we had been hit with another 911 , the American people would have been all over Obama for not protecting the homeland.

    The world would have an easier time stoping global warming then stoping countries and corporations from collecting information and data on all that walk on two legs and breath .


    June 18, 2013 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  3. Name Uche Agonsi

    Critics should equally the positive. Obama Administration has not been faulted for privacy rights abuses. The system was not set up by Obama. The highlights as portrayed by media seem to be attracting the POTUS attention positively, for further discussions. Its nothing to do with Obama credibility. Besides, it presently has overall Americans support. The options include therefore retaining the status quo, modifying it, designing new security system. The existing system might not have directly stopped some terrorist acts, but indirectly it must have adversely affected terrorism. Its unpatrotic the ignore the positive role surveillance plays in crime detection. The problem is not Obama's, it might not even the security system......... Its probably information to the publi, ironically, security reasons make it difficut to inform the public adequately. Its a sadness and joy senario.

    June 18, 2013 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    It is not snooping it is Catching terrorists inside home....true. Obama-you are not doing any thing wrong at all....

    June 18, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |