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And this is -- Fox News alert the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Obama administration in an effort to prevent the federal government.
From spying on law abiding Americans now the lawsuit filed by the ACL -- late this afternoon.
Focuses on an NSA program that requires companies like Verizon to hand over personal phone records of more than 100 million US citizens.
Now as we've reported this includes the numbers that we're dialed the duration of the calls and much more.
Now according to the ACLU this unprecedented spy operation is akin to snatching every American's address book and that quote.
It gives the government a comprehensive record a bar associations and public movements.
Revealing a wealth of -- -- about Amelio and political professional religious and intimate associations.
-- the complaint demands that the program be stopped and that all -- records be destroyed.
Now at this hour the Justice Department has refused to comment on the matter however there is already speculation.
That this could in fact end up being decided by the United States Supreme Court.
But in addition to this being an important legal development while the political fallout from the story is also being felt tonight in Washington DC.
-- particularly by president Barack Obama because.
Even before his left -- started caving on him he was already struggling to defend his administration's actions but then again.
That's what happens when you say one thing as a candidate and another when you assume the responsibility.
As commander in chief.
And to prove that point tonight in -- Hannity explosive.
Candidate Obama is here to debate President Obama on the subjects of surveillance and civil liberties.
We want to get your recorder going here.
-- if someone wants to know why their own government has decided to go.
On -- fishing expedition through every personal record or private document through the library books that you read.
The call phone calls.
You've made nobody is listening to your telephone calls what.
The intelligence community is doing.
It is looking at bat.
And durations of colts.
There are Republican senators as well as democratic senators that recognize that if plain wrong every member of congress.
Has been briefed on this program.
These are programs that have been authorized.
By broad bipartisan majorities.
Repeatedly since 2006.
Present one of the first things -- -- do is call in my attorney general.
And -- to hammer I want you to review every executive order the admonition by George Bush it's interesting that -- -- some.
Folks on the left but also some folks on the right who -- now.
Worried about who worked very.
Worried about it.
When I was a Republican president that's more common defense.
We reject as false the choice between our safety -- our ideals you can't have.
A 100% security.
And also then have a 100%.
We need to find a way forward to make sure that we can stop terrorists while protecting privacy.
And liberty of innocent Americans you can complain about Big Brother but when you actually look at the details.
Then I think we've struck the right balance.
-- you thank you very much does.
-- let's take a step back and talk about why this story is important to you number one the national security of the legal -- political ramifications.
Of this story cannot be overstated this -- in fact impact your life.
We still don't know what exactly big Brothers monitoring were simply being told just take the president at his word.
But as you just saw that's simply not good enough number three as senator Rand Paul wrote in the Wall Street Journal today.
The US constitution is non negotiable and -- our rights are being violated.
Somebody -- got to be held accountable and -- -- with reaction author and attorney David Limbaugh and Fox -- political analyst Juan Williams.
You know before YouTube debate -- -- want your reaction to -- Bob my candidate debating Obama.
What do you think about what was so content.
-- got one guy as a senator and he's free to criticize an aunt and be sort of you know a freewheeling.
The other man's present -- United States and he has his obligation is to protect their shots I bet that the back and forth here.
I think that tit and tat is you in the ACLU.
I can't believe that my man shot Hannity.
Is now standing up with the ACLU I think a lot of -- in the audience -- going to be like what what's going on here.
Well I actually support the NSA program -- support the Patriot Act David Limbaugh's written and the Patriot Act is very clear.
The Patriot Act says.
That is this is designed to go after foreign nationals and any Americans would only be.
Look at if in fact they were connected to people that are targets.
I can I can't blame my good buddy -- is that cavalier about.
But I excusing President Obama for saying things about very important matters when he's running for commander in chief of the United States.
And setting a different standard when he's president I think he ought to be held at the same standard did he mean -- -- did -- not.
Obama claims he's transparent if we could find out the facts.
About this case we might settle down some emotions but Obama is the least transparent.
We've ever seen and so we probably can't get to the facts and that's what -- really need to do.
Well hang on I indicated hang on a second David you know the words David.
First and foremost you realize that the Republican majority in the house will never ever.
Do anything to this program because they don't want to be their position of saying that they are taking away from law enforcement tools to deal with terrorists.
And I don't imagine that anybody in this and it's going to take it away.
-- that you say oh Obama is not being transparent.
This is a legal program.
One it's been authorized by the -- well the patriot and I don't know where.
That congress is engaged over that Mike Rogers Republican intelligence committee says it's behind Dianne Feinstein Democrat senate -- and if I hang out.
-- -- -- -- Dear David I I interviewed the author of the Patriot Act Jim sensenbrenner.
That this fishing expedition.
Is not within the law that it is not allowed and that it is against the spirit of the law and the written words in the law your thoughts as a lawyer.
You know I'm not an expert on the Patriot Act but I do there are some lawyers that I respect.
Who says I do think that it is within the law.
So I don't think we ought to turn everything on.
Jumping to conclusions about whether something is constitutional -- whether it's statutorily collapse.
We need to find out we need to study that and separate arm motions I know I hate the gathering in his neck and -- metadata.
But I can't say just because I hate it it's not -- under the law.
James Sensenbrenner I really like him and I trust that he's telling the truth when he says he didn't intend for the act authorizes.
But did the acting and writing actually authorize it and it has to -- a greater sense -- -- -- And and but but I'm so so for -- What I did it -- David but he did he pass the patriot I your brain would rather play it -- I've that it is not I don't know I you know what I thought you spoke the truth.
You know -- we've got to look into it I'm all for the debate jogged off of the debate but the fact is it was passed by the US congress the time for this discussion was.
Talk about emotions.
Everybody I think there's one or two senators who voted against you -- Russ Feingold voted against the Patriot Act everybody else was leaping on the bandwagon.
And that that point there were people who were saying.
I think we're given away too much now that we have -- Homeland Security infrastructure.
You have all -- collection.
I think there -- lot of Johnny come lately smoke who are shooting -- you can't you can't allow the terrorist the upper hand otherwise we're gonna get -- up.
Although although I don't nobody trusts Obama.
Because -- -- not even in a war when we're not even in a war so why does he want to be gathering all this metadata in the first class and done.
Actually authorize -- we need to know -- on what we need to know whether the law really does not read and what we're really aiming to get I want to find out from experts.
If gathering this kind of metadata will actually prevent.
Any -- I don't question that they've got -- let me ask this question one.
-- -- -- candidate Obama promise one thing and then he's doing -- in the very different.
Isn't it the least efficient way Juan.
To have a fishing expedition this this reminds me of targeting grand mom.
And and a four year old and a stroller vs a Yemeni exchange student of the TSA.
It seems that we could be more efficient and targeting terrorists not that that not every American and all of their correspondents.
Well I you know -- we wonderful if we knew all the terrorists before they committed the terror act but the fact is.
That in this environment especially people like this on -- -- are -- I have Brothers and Boston.
You've got to be on the lookout for these long -- people who are involved in activities people were making those overseas calls by the way shot.
Again under the prison program it's only people overseas -- -- targeted not.
Americans yeah second no that's Yahoo! that's Microsoft that's.
Yeah I'm capturing all communications coming from overseeing -- say but it also has gone -- with Americans and acknowledge that in many occasions they did in fact spy on Americans.
That's just deteriorated situation.
All right guys it is let you guys that it's right we need the debate.
Well I if I don't smoke I don't witnessed -- I hope we can find out -- all this by looking at past records whether President Obama actually attended Columbia.
Did he make any calls I'll be embarrassing.
Thing where you let the argument that's where you've got to let the clock Italian.
-- -- -- -- Let's.
That one hit it out of the park -- guys calls your house and still ahead and.
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