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United States President  Barack H. Obama

United States President Barack H. Obama

United States President Barack Obama  in California on Friday  defended the National Security Agency´s stockpiling of phone call logs of U.S. residents and gaining access to foreigner´s emails and other data from main search engines like Google, Yahoo and other companies. President Obama argued that “modest encroachments on privacy”  can be used to track terrorists, were “worth us doing” to protect the country. The programs, he said, were authorized by Congress and regularly reviewed by federal courts.

This is not a new program, but the suurveillance system called Prism, was created during the Bush Administration, performed by the N.S.A. and inherited by President Obama who said  “you can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience,” he said. “We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.”

Chairman House Committee on Homeland Security Congressman Michael McCaul is closely following this debate. In this photo with our Publisher Victor Bjorgan during the SIA Government 2013 Summit in Washington DC.

Chairman House Committee on Homeland Security Congressman Michael McCaul is closely following this debate. In this photo with our Publisher Victor Bjorgan during the SIA Government 2013 Summit in Washington DC.

The U.S. Intel community is in favor of the program, and some sources said the large collections of digital data are vital in the search for terrorists. Under the program, officials must present Internet companies with specific requests for information on a case-by-case basis, showing that the target is a foreigner and located outside the United States, a senior law enforcement official said Friday. If the N.S.A. comes across information about an American citizen during the search, it turns over that material to the F.B.I. for an assessment, the official said.