House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was booed by progressive activists Saturday for defending President Obama on the NSA’s surveillance programs and suggesting that alleged leaker Edward Snowden broke the law.Oh yeah, when Richard Milhous Obama is spying on all Americans, Nazi Pelosi is all for it, but when George W. Bush was using the NSA program with a narrow focus on people in the US talking to suspected terrorists overseas, she opposed it. Here's a quote from January 2006.
Speaking in a wide-ranging Q&A session at this year’s Netroots Nation conference, Pelosi said it’s unfair to equate Obama and former President George W. Bush on the issue of surveillance.
“People on the far right are saying oh, this is the fourth term of President Bush,” the California Democrat said. “Absolutely, positively not so.”
As Pelosi was saying the country needs a “balance” between security and privacy, Marc Perkel, a 57-year-old activist from Gilroy, Calif., started shouting at Pelosi during her answer and was escorted out of the room.
“It’s not a balance. It’s not constitutional!” he yelled. “No secret laws!”
Others in the room began shouting as well, saying things like “Leave him alone!” or “That’s what a police state looks like right there!”
The moderator, Zerlina Maxwell, worked to quiet the crowd by saying audience members needed to submit questions via Twitter rather than shouting them out, but Pelosi said she didn’t mind.
“I welcome the challenges that people pose because I think that those questions must be answered,” Pelosi said.
She was further booed when she said Snowden did break the law by leaking the information he revealed.
“As far as Snowden: he did violate the law in terms of releasing those documents,” she said.
Some of the crowd erupted in boos, with one man screaming, “You suck!”
“I look forward to working with all of you,” Pelosi continued. “Now that the public knows more – it gives us an opportunity for some of the things we’ve been advocating for a while.”
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says President Bush should have used his extensive authority under the law to monitor suspected terrorists rather than approve the National Security Agency's disputed monitoring program.
"I would not want any president - Democrat or Republican - to have the expanded power the administration is claiming in this case," Pelosi, D-Calif., said in an interview with The Associated Press.Pelosi did not say the NSA's surveillance program was illegal. But she said the administration should follow the procedures in the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows government lawyers to ask a secretive court for warrants for surveillance in the United States during national security investigations."If you say . . . this is for a narrow universe of calls, there is absolutely no issue with getting a FISA warrant for that," said Pelosi, who was the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and has been involved for the past 13 years in overseeing U.S. intelligence agencies."It is when you go beyond that, that it becomes a challenge," she said in the interview Friday. "The president says he is not going beyond that, so why can't he obey the law?"
In other words: Republican spying b-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-d; Democrat spying g-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-d!
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