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Obama Defends NSA Spying Programs

U.S. President Barack Obama walks with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron during the G8 summit at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, June 18, 2013.
U.S. President Barack Obama walks with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron during the G8 summit at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, June 18, 2013.
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U.S. President Barack Obama is defending the government's top-secret surveillance programs, while acknowledging widespread concerns the efforts are violating the privacy rights of ordinary Americans.

In a television interview broadcast late Monday on PBS, Obama insisted the National Security Agency is operating its phone and Internet monitoring efforts within the law.

The president has been under fire since last week's revelations of the NSA programs by the British newspaper The Guardian and The Washington Post. He says he has ordered intelligence officials to release as much information as possible "without further compromising the program."

Obama also said he has created a privacy and civil liberties oversight board to review the NSA efforts.

Earlier Monday, a report published in The Guardian said documents obtained from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the man who exposed the NSA programs, show that Britain spied on diplomats attending the 2009 Group of 20 summit in London.

The newspaper said Britain's eavesdropping agency, the General Communications Headquarters or GCHQ, hacked into the phones and computers of Turkish and South African delegates at the summit. It said the GCHQ also tricked some G-20 delegates into using Internet cafes that it secretly modified to intercept diplomatic communications.

The Guardian published redacted versions of some of the documents, but their authenticity could not be immediately confirmed. Their release coincided with Britain hosting the first day of a Group of Eight industrialized nations summit in Northern Ireland.

Edward Snowden during an interview with The Guardian newspaper at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013.Edward Snowden during an interview with The Guardian newspaper at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013.
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Edward Snowden during an interview with The Guardian newspaper at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013.
Edward Snowden during an interview with The Guardian newspaper at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013.
Meanwhile, in a live online question and answer session hosted on The Guardian website, Snowden was quoted as saying U.S. intelligence analysts have the ability to view the content of U.S. citizen phone and e-mail communications without a warrant.

But Snowden did not mention any specific cases of U.S. intelligence operatives viewing private communications of Americans and did not give any examples of alleged rights abuses by those operatives.

Snowden has been hiding in the autonomous Chinese territory of Hong Kong since leaking the information about the NSA spying programs earlier this month. During the online session, he denied speculation that he had any contact with the Chinese government.

Some U.S. officials and lawmakers have accused Snowden of damaging national security by tipping off U.S. enemies about previously-secret surveillance programs and enabling them to change tactics.

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by: NVO from: USA
June 18, 2013 11:18 AM
Just some FACTS: The CIA funds terrorist organizations from offshore banks. The FBI has a LONG HISTORY of staging terror attacks against its own people. Investigate both fraudulent organiaztions when ANYTHING happens, because they are more than likely behind it. Bow down, people, to the Global Elites, the Mega Banks, because the NEW WORLD ORDER is here. Keep drinking the tap water full of sodium flouride, and keep eating the GMO foods, take your eugenics Government vaccines, so they can slowly kill you. The NEW WORLD ORDER is here. Watch sports and nothing but sports. Your Government is here to help you.


by: Government SCUM from: USA
June 18, 2013 10:46 AM
The results are in: virtually no one trusts the scripted mainstream media. We’ve known it for years, but a new Gallup poll shows that a whopping 77% of Americans distrust mainstream media television.

Only a bit more ‘trustworthy’ than Congress, which scored in at a record low of 90% saying they do not trust the government body, the Gallup poll details that only 23% of viewers actually trust the mainstream media television news. A reality that has been clear as day in light of blatant mainstream media blackouts on key events like the outrageous DHS ‘Fourth Amendment free‘ zones that stretch up to 100 miles out from every single border of the US, to the blackout over eyewitness reports at the Boston Marathon.

The NSA scandal, the IRS scandal, and every other scandal are just diversionary tactics to get our attention off the Global Elites plan for a NEW WORLD ORDER. Record number of people on food stamps, but wait, the stock market is doing great, which is TOTALLY RIGGED, by the mega banks. The whole thing is a SHAM.


by: geral from: harlingen,texas
June 18, 2013 9:56 AM
Hear this voice, America!
" Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear" (Heller). Give this Snowden a medal! Congress (intelligence committees) know all about **NSA surveillance, but play like such trickery protects the USA; in reality, fbi covert operations of the kind I describe brings great harm to US. Note that surveillance is simply a cover story for the moment. The real *issues that derive from such hi tech chicanery are: harassment, threats, torture, forced suicide, attempted murder, murder. Mike Rogers and Dianne Feinstein of the congress have an affirmative duty to the people to address the atrocities ongoing by the fbi/cia/nsa/etc. So far, they have dodged their responsibility. Why!














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