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When it comes telephone calls every member of congress has been briefed on this program.
Would respect all these programs.
The relevant Intelligence Committees.
Are fully briefed on these programs your.
Duly elected represented us.
Have been consistently informed.
What we're doing.
Let President Obama -- a short time ago addressing the government's controversial spying operation.
Targeting people's phone records credit -- companies and some Internet providers and searches as well.
The president says congress in federal judges are well aware of what is going on so many of them have a problem they can raise their hand but the president did not answer the question.
Of how a man who campaign so loudly.
Against government overreach.
Can now sit -- and defendant.
The most sophisticated and widespread spy operation in history.
Some of the president's past remarks starting back in 2006.
We need to find a way forward to make sure that we can stop terrorists while protecting privacy.
Of innocent Americans.
-- 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's more common defense.
We reject as false.
The choice between our safety and our ideals.
We reject his choice as false the choice between our safety.
And our ideals that was at his inauguration in January of 2009.
Joining me now Alan Colmes has hosted the -- chef Lars Larson -- -- syndicated radio host the compass media networks.
And that -- just to bring the audience you know they know what did -- -- -- perspective on this.
At the time he said things like that when he was running for office there were many on the right who said.
That sounds like great rhetoric but when you get into the Oval Office and you start getting the presidential daily brief.
You're gonna see things very much the same as George W.
Bush sees them witches we gotta keep this country free from another terror attack.
And Barack Obama -- war that he was going to be a different kind of president he was going to be the anti George Bush when it came to matters of national security.
And what happened to that.
Then candidate Barack Obama elements -- the -- Can't answer that because I don't know what he saw but I'm quite disappointed about this and also the fact that.
Not only -- we find out that they're looking at phone records of everybody is a Verizon customer what other companies.
Are they looking at in terms of telephone companies what other and we found out then that they later that they're looking at.
Internet providers and get some of those providers like Google's that we don't have any and in knowledge about this -- that possibly -- And if we can't trust them.
And when they say well -- -- looking at your.
Who you're talking to know -- listening to the content of your telephone conversations.
And they are telling us it's only a limited amount of information they're getting.
How can we trust them on that from a civil liberties standpoint it's extremely disappointing.
Then I mean it's it's not at all what the left had in mind Lars.
When they -- Barack Obama into office.
Another full heaping plate of hypocrisy from Barack Obama and the thing is Allen says he's disappointed.
But a lot of us knew that this guy was duplicitous he would say whatever it took to get elected and now that he's -- he's doing whatever -- even this morning from that statement you just ran.
I ran I I -- our watch the entire news conference.
The president says well all of this tracking of Internet activity is only on foreign citizens if you read into the details of the program to find out.
That they are literally 51%.
Certain that there only tracking foreign individuals they're supposed -- use filters so that Americans don't get caught -- -- but they also -- those -- don't really work very well -- Americans will still be ensnared -- -- and -- the president acts as -- -- only tracking foreigners not anyone -- -- -- it really is pretty frightening that he's willing to -- this duplicitous and -- except from the president the assurance that we know everything that's going on in -- government is completely on top -- it from a government that doesn't know what happened in -- God's -- why we -- -- worry was that -- they don't know what's going on of their -- IRS -- trust them they know exactly what's going -- on -- Thank -- -- -- or not I don't at navy and he trusts us sort of response couldn't be coming at a worst time for the president let me ask -- this -- I do I do think it's interesting that when you heard today and have his cut but.
This is it that the president earlier today he says.
I do think it's important to recognize you can't have 100% security and also then have 100% privacy.
And zero inconvenience and we're gonna have to make some choices as a society.
Well of course that is true but that is so different -- the message we heard from him when he was running.
I think what the right though.
Makes me make a mistake when he -- try to inflate.
-- guys -- which is totally differences circumstances and everything else and name calling and point finger pointing calling him duplicitous like that they were doing that since day one.
And it's overreach by those who are who've been -- -- is enemies ever since he got into office I think we can do some critical thinking here and look at the things may have he may have been right.
And then be critical things like this when both the -- says he's ready yet they are speaking mortgages the erosion of trust players going and just listening have they -- -- -- -- -- -- and I think that's unfair.
But -- some -- they are people who supported bush.
Doing this he's the same policies bush had an out critical when this president does the same thing that's hypocritical yes that's true -- have -- Well.
All the indications are that this program has exploded under President Obama that it's been expanded dramatically at about being duplicitous there's a reason the American people don't trust this man he definitely elect any of the claims.
Look at any of the claims I understand he got reelected but he claimed that you know health care would go down it's gone up he claimed he didn't like the fact that the debt ceiling was being raised.
But wetlands and I don't television radio and I don't want to get into a substantive policy debate over the past about five -- policies but but it is your point out let's.
You look at that quinnipiac polls that -- -- -- late may and they just looked at from a couple of months earlier.
And if there's been -- almost twenty points when he had a twenty point advantage when it came to trust him and and now it's down to dead even.
That is based on what we've seen over the past couple months that yes he was reelected but you know since he was reelected.
-- scandals of Washington and the administration.
Not necessarily Barack Obama person that the administration given a lot of -- -- to not.
Telling them we get kicked their toward the government it hits everybody including Barack Obama and this -- second termite it's just what often happens in his second term.
And I I think it's very important -- to separate real scandals and things that really need to be looked at investigated from some of the mud that's been thrown at.
-- it but I want true but -- what I'm trying to get is that the right is this the last straw in the in the trust that existed.
A lot of Americans and this president to be a different kind of my residence to follow through on the promises he made.
All -- rhetoric about how bad George Bush was in what you know.
How he was like the fury you know I'm not for Barack Obama and that's that -- some on the left said that and a yes they did -- they did but that -- that's great the night and now we have Robert Bob and we -- have -- deposits that the two faces merge the Google is saying it's George Bush -- people are.
Mama I'm marxists or socialists and Communists in the same things they -- -- of all wrong to do that third term go -- let's all hold on.
I understand you don't like the name calling but were -- but this is an erosion of trust and -- these are real scandals.
When Americans realize that this -- under this president's watch we've got the I arrests targeting individual Americans and groups who were simply expressing their views and I know you don't want the laundry list but the problem is when you have this stack up all these things that we don't that make us distrust the government more and the president's excuses why didn't know about it -- read about newspaper but then he wants us to trust him implicitly -- when we find out there -- phone calls and our Internet activities are all being tracked by a gigantic five -- -- my -- -- -- One -- limited him and what is it we have direction that is.
He will the president he negated on this morning his he -- were two comments write a winning get to ask many questions.
And -- -- were off point he set up the straw men about listening your phone calls.
Well we know that that wasn't the report the report was your data mining our records our phone records.
And then he said and we're not spying on Americans when it comes to the Internet use well week that's not what the Washington Post reported exactly they said.
The standard is too low you require only 51%.
Signs of foreign -- to spy on the Internet traffic.
That's not good -- Quickly right -- -- does this president need to come -- have a full.
-- yeah that's come yet we certainly want absolutely does need to go out have a -- news conference talk about this fully and how can we trust that they're only working within certain boundaries.
Why should we trust that what they're saying now he absolutely needs to come out and addressed the American people answer questions.
That will allow follow ups when he doesn't answer the big question of the day guys thank you vote again.
God bless you -- and I agree with.
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