Obama defends surveillance effort as 'trade-off' for security By Matt Spetalnick and Steve Holland SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday staunchly defended the sweeping U.S. government surveillance of Americans' phone and internet activity, calling it a "modest encroachment" on privacy that was necessary to defend the United States from attack. "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That's not what this program is about ...
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Hans-Rudolf Merz in International Herald Tribune Banking secrecy shall be guaranteed in the future,Merz said, defiantly rejecting foreign criticism of how Swiss banks work. "Protecting the private sphere against unjustified government encroachment is deeply rooted."
James Madison in OpEdNews James Madison said, "I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the rights of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
John Paul Stevens in Los Angeles Times On his final day as a justice, John Paul Stevens said he continued to believe the 2nd Amendment was "adopted to protect the states from federal encroachment," not to undercut their gun laws.