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Jun 8, 2013

Obama defends surveillance effort as ‘trade-off’ for security

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,” Obama told reporters during a visit to California’s Silicon Valley. He emphasized that the secret surveillance programs were supervised by federal judges and authorized by Congress, which had been briefed on the details.

Jun 7, 2013

Obama defends surveillance program as trade-off for security

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.

Obama said the programs were “trade-offs” designed to strike a balance between privacy concerns and keeping Americans safe from terrorist attacks. He said they were supervised by federal judges and Congress, and that lawmakers had been briefed.

Jun 7, 2013

President Obama takes health pitch to California after rate row

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama insisted on Friday his healthcare overhaul is already proving worthwhile as he promoted the plan in California, where an argument is raging over whether it is living up to its name as the Affordable Care Act.

“If you’re one of 6 million Californians or tens of millions Americans who don’t currently have health insurance, you’ll soon be able to buy quality, affordable care just like everybody else,” he said in San Jose, California.

Jun 7, 2013

Obama staunchly defends U.S. government surveillance programs

, June 7 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
on Friday staunchly defended U.S. government programs conducting
surveillance of Americans’ phone and Internet activity,
insisting that they were conducted with broad safeguards to
protect against abuse.

“Nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That’s not
what this program is about,” Obama told reporters on a visit to
California’s Silicon Valley.

Jun 7, 2013

Cyber disputes loom large as Obama meets China’s Xi

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will complain to Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit on Friday about alleged Chinese hacking of U.S. secrets, even as the White House faces growing questions at home over American government surveillance.

Meeting at the luxurious Sunnylands estate near Palm Springs in California, Obama will seek Xi’s assurance that he takes seriously accusations of growing Chinese cyber spying, including snooping on advanced U.S. weapons designs.

Jun 4, 2013

Obama to press China’s Xi to act against cyber spying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will tell Chinese President Xi Jinping at a California summit this week that Washington considers Beijing responsible for any cyber attacks launched from Chinese soil and must take action to curb high-tech spying, White House officials said on Tuesday.

Underscoring growing U.S. suspicions of a Chinese role in cyber espionage that has targeted U.S. government entities and major corporations, aides to Obama made clear the issue would be high on the agenda at a relatively informal retreat to begin on Friday.

Jun 2, 2013

Cyber hacking to overshadow summit between Obama and China’s Xi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A shirt-sleeves summit between the world’s two top economic powers is shaping up as anything but relaxing, with an assertive new Chinese leadership seeking a bigger place at the global table and the United States pushing back, especially in the battle over cyberspace.

U.S. President Barack Obama and newly installed Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet on Friday in Southern California at a relatively informal retreat aimed at allowing the pair to get to know each other away from the spotlight of Washington.

May 24, 2013

Obama wants to end ‘war on terror’ but Congress balks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama wants to roll back some of the most controversial aspects of the U.S. “war on terror,” but efforts to alter the global fight against Islamist militants will face the usual hurdle at home: staunch opposition from Republicans in Congress.

In a major policy speech on Thursday, Obama narrowed the scope of the targeted-killing drone campaign against al Qaeda and its allies and announced steps toward closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba.

May 24, 2013

Obama seeks end to perpetual U.S. ‘war on terror’

WASHINGTON, May 24 (Reuters) – Twelve years after the “war
on terror” began, President Barack Obama wants to pull the
United States back from some of the most controversial aspects
of its global fight against Islamist militants.

In a major policy speech on Thursday, Obama narrowed the
scope of the targeted-killing drone campaign against al Qaeda
and its allies and took steps toward closing the Guantanamo Bay
military prison in Cuba.

May 23, 2013

Obama shifts U.S. from ‘perpetual war-footing,’ limits drone strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday shifted the United States away from a “boundless global war on terror,” restricting deadly drone strikes abroad and signaling that America’s long struggle against al Qaeda will one day end.

In a major policy speech, Obama narrowed the scope of the U.S. targeted-killing campaign against al Qaeda and its allies and took new steps toward closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison – controversial elements of the U.S. counterterrorism fight that have drawn condemnation at home and abroad.

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