Excerpt from President Obama’s speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center in August 2007.
This Administration also puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand. I will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining our Constitution and our freedom.
That means no more illegal wire-tapping of American citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war. No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are. And it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists. The FISA court works. The separation of powers works. Our Constitution works. We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers, and that justice is not arbitrary.
This Administration acts like violating civil liberties is the way to enhance our security. It is not.
NSA data-gathering: Overkill or necessary tool?
Flash Points: CBS News State Department Correspondent Margaret Brennan speaks with CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate about the recent revelation that the U.S. government is collecting data on the internet and telephone use of Americans, and the balance between privacy and security that the program has attempted to strike.
Source clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEdpT…
White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.
Steven VanRoekel, Federal Chief Information Officer, discusses the goals of the digital government strategy