Obama Defends Phone Surveillance

Taking questions Friday from reporters at a health care event in San Jose, Calif., President Barack Obama vigorously defended sweeping secret surveillance into America’s phone records and foreigners’ Internet use, declaring “we have to make choices as a society,” the Tennessean reports. “It’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience,” Obama said. It was revealed late Wednesday that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting the phone records of hundreds of millions of U.S. phone customers. Another secret program scours the Internet usage of foreign nationals overseas who use any of nine U.S.-based Internet providers such as Microsoft and Google. Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer-turned-blogger who broke the story says he expects the U.S. to react “extremely” to his revelations about the NSA. The ABA Journal reports he has taken security precautions such as using encrypted instant chat and email program.