President Barack Obama has taken a lot of criticism from both friend and foe in the wake of recent disclosures about how the U.S. government monitors telephone and Internet traffic.
He defended himself recently in an interview with Charlie Rose on June 17, 2013, making several claims in defense of government surveillance.
The full discussion is available here, but one exchange in particular struck us as noteworthy. It involves the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a special court that hears government requests for warrants related to national security investigations.
Rose: "So I hear you saying I have no problem with what NSA has been doing."
Obama: "Well, let me finish, because I don’t. … (The FBI has) to go to the FISA court with probable cause and ask for a warrant."
Rose: "But has FISA court turned down any request?"