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Obama Defends NSA Surveillance Programs: VIDEO


President Obama held a press conference today to talk about the NSA surveillance programs that have been making headlines for the past 24 hours after journalist Glenn Greenwald broke open a story about the NSA and Verizon, and the WaPo published a similar story about PRISM, a program said to engage top internet companies and the metadata they have about users.

Said Obama: "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls."

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

If you missed it earlier, you might also want to check out our legal editor Ari Ezra Waldman's post on the NSA, data privacy, and gay rights.

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  1. President Obama lost me over this scandal. Spaying on American people didn't stop the marathon bombings.

    I don't know about you but my privacy is important to me.

    Posted by: jay | Jun 7, 2013 7:02:19 PM

  2. Two points: 1) The fact is that some of the people hearing him say that ARE having their conversations recorded and studied. 2) *Everything* he says about this could be a lie. Other officals have lied about these programs for years, under oath, and he's no different. Our laws are so screwed up now that it could actually be against the law for him to tell the truth.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 7, 2013 7:09:00 PM

  3. Obama is looking increasingly seedy and tired. What a disappointment he's turned out to be, and not just on the gay rights issue.

    Posted by: Adam | Jun 7, 2013 7:12:08 PM

  4. Obama has an explanation for everything. And no one has been able to pin him to a scandal yet.

    Posted by: GB | Jun 7, 2013 7:38:00 PM

  5. We all know what you would be saying had it been under Bush you dumbazz.

    Because there are taped speeches of you saying it.

    And we won't hold our breaths for a "mea culpa, this protecting the public from terrorists is hard!"

    Posted by: MIke | Jun 7, 2013 7:59:41 PM

  6. Obama wants invisible government so he can conduct his administrative masacres (e.g., drone attacks) and other official misdeeds behind a shroud of secrecy.

    That's what the persecution of Bradley Manning is all about.

    Bradley Mannning and Glenn Greenwald, who exposed the NSA surveilance programs, are without a doubt the biggest gay heroes on the scene right now.

    Posted by: from Mexico | Jun 7, 2013 8:04:40 PM

  7. i'm done with him

    Posted by: gomez | Jun 7, 2013 8:15:15 PM

  8. I'll complain about government invasion of my privacy after I finish checking in on Foursquare, tagging who I'm with on Facebook, Tweet about where I'm going and post a picture of it on Instagram.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jun 7, 2013 9:13:08 PM

  9. @Chadd this is not a game. While there are some idiots who behave as you described. Many of us do not.

    Posted by: Gast | Jun 7, 2013 9:19:27 PM

  10. As Bob Dylan said to a heckler in 1966, "I don't believe you, you're a liar".

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jun 7, 2013 10:47:05 PM

  11. Refresh your memory on this question

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jun 7, 2013 11:32:15 PM

  12. Obama is like a spying ghoul. Worse than Nixon.

    Posted by: Adam | Jun 8, 2013 2:33:20 AM

  13. The man is a politician. Progressives: you've been punked.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 8, 2013 9:26:24 AM

  14. B-b-b-but it's racist to criticize our allies!

    Seriously, there are other civil liberties besides the unalienable right of same-sex couples to obtain a marriage license.

    If the anti-authoritarian right and the anti-authoritarian left can find common ground on this issue, then maybe there is hope for this nation after all.

    Posted by: Queer Supremacist | Jun 8, 2013 1:40:59 PM

  15. The issue with FB, I guess, is the high potential for guilt by association. Apparently they are using a "2-hop" test. If you are in someone's group and that someone is in a suspected terrorist's group (even if you are not), they you will be tagged for extra surveillance. Of course, as the list of suspects grows, the number of people signaled for extra scrutiny will become considerable. With Google, about the best they can do aside from the e-mails would be correlate IP addresses with search queries, but that's exactly what didn't happen with the Boston bombers, so the criteria must be a bit stricter than that.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 8, 2013 5:35:38 PM

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