Obama: We’re Not Interested in ‘Spying on Ordinary People’
Once government finds some dirt, you are no longer ordinary.
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On Friday, as renewed questions arose regarding American response to Al Qaeda in the Middle East as well as scandals ranging from Benghazi to the National Security Administration’s surveillance of Americans, President Obama held a rare press conference in the East Room of the White House.
Obama opened with a statement on his “better bargain for the middle class,” which he labeled the top priority for America. He said he was also working on his number one task as Commander-in-Chief, “keeping Americans safe.”
On the basis of that task, Obama ripped into national security leaks from Edward Snowden, bashing the “passionate but not always fully informed way” the debate over civil liberties was being carried out. Obama cited his history of worries about surveillance when he was in the Senate, adding, “it’s right to ask questions about surveillance.”
He said, “it’s not enough or me, as president, to have confidence in these programs. The American people have to have confidence in them as well.”