President Obama takes a question asking for his reaction to the revelation the NSA is “vacuuming up (cell phone) metadata indiscriminately” and other intelligence communities are “mining data from nine leading Internet firms.”
There’s nothing to worry about. Government is your friend, and they won’t do you wrong:
I like that he says five or six years ago, we wouldn’t be having this debate.
Americans fought a Revolution in part over the right to be free from unreasonable searches–to ensure that our Government could not come knocking in the middle of the night for no reason. We need to find a way forward to make sure we can stop terrorists while protecting the privacy and liberty of innocent Americans. We have to find a way to give the President the power he needs to protect us, while making sure he does not abuse that power. It is possible to do that. We have done it before. We could do it again.
He’s “matured” on this.
So have I. And I’m more concerned about them than before.