President Obama on PRISM: "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls"
Yesterday, news broke that the National Security Agency has been using a program called PRISM to collect metadata on calls made on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint in the U.S. The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) has already come out to comment on the report, but now we have word from President Obama himself, who says that "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls".
The president also wanted to confirm that the program "does not apply to U.S. citizens and it does not apply to people living the United States." While President Obama didn't offer anything as far as details on how the PRISM program works, and did not comment on allegations that the program is also pulling data from companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook. But, on the topic of the phone call data collected, the president said:
The president also tried to quell the paranoia surrounding this story, saying:
None of this answers some of the more pressing questions about the program, and it still looks as though DNI James Clapper may have had the right idea when he said he would try to make some of the program declassified in order to prove that the public's civil liberties have not been compromised.
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