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Pelosi booed at Netroots while defending espionage charges against Snowden (Video)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) drew boos and heckling from members of the crowd at a progressive conference on Saturday while defending President Barack Obama’s administration and the recently-discovered surveillance policies by the National Security Agency (NSA).

About 47 minutes into Pelosi’s speech at Netroots in San Jose, California, a growing commotion can be heard coming from the audience. While moderator and MSNBC contributor Zerlina Maxwell urged the audience to submit questions online instead of shouting, Pelosi continued, saying, “I think it’s really important to subject all of this to the transparent and harshest scrutiny, to say, ‘We want a balance between privacy and security.’”

At that point, a man identified by Politico as 57-year-old Marc Perkel can be heard shouting, “It’s not a balance. It’s not constitutional! No more secret laws!”

Perkel was ejected from the room by security, while other audience members shouted for him to be left alone. Shortly thereafter, loud boos can be heard coming from the audience after she said former NSA contractor Edward Snowden ” did violate the law” in releasing details about NSA programs like PRISM. The government charged Snowden with crimes related to the Espionage Act on Friday.

“I know that some of you attribute heroic status to that action,” she said of Snowden’s leaks to the Guardian and the Washington Post. “But, again, you don’t have the responsibility for the security of the United States. Those of us who do have to strike a different balance.”

Pelosi also defended President Barack Obama against charges that the surveillance of private residents’ phone and internet use constituted a “fourth term” for his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Under the George W. Bush administration, Pelosi explained, there was no court oversight for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), arguing that Democrats were able to institute changes to the Protect America Act of 2007.

“The Bush administration: warrantless,” she said. “Then, when they got caught, they said, ‘The Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence, they should decide if we can go forth with some of this stuff.’ Well, what’s that? They’re practically employess of the President of the United States.”

Watch Pelosi’s speech, posted Saturday by Netroots.

by Anonymousreply 1206/23/2013

r1 = unhinged loon

by Anonymousreply 206/22/2013

No, bitch, just an American

by Anonymousreply 306/22/2013

Pelosi has always had her tongue so far up Obama's ass it sticks out of HIS mouth.

by Anonymousreply 406/22/2013

She should be executed by firing squad for leaving impeachment "off the table" for the previous criminal regime, and now supporting this one.

by Anonymousreply 506/23/2013

The toadying Democratic support for the NSA spying and persecution of leakers is shameful. I'm looking at you, Diane Feinstein.

by Anonymousreply 706/23/2013

If California wants pelosi so fucking bad, get her to run for governor. The rest of the country is well past sick of this cunt.

by Anonymousreply 806/23/2013

R6, you're disgusting.

by Anonymousreply 906/23/2013

[quote] Someone should ax her axwound so the fissure runs all the way to up to her tits.

Why don't YOU go do it? Why talk about killing someone? Just go do it, you oh so patriotic American.

by Anonymousreply 1006/23/2013

I am with her in this case. We've put unbearable pressure on the government to "keep America safe." By and and large it has.

America created big data keystroke by keystroke. People tried to warn us about it, but we kept merrily clicking away. Did we really think no one was going to use it?

by Anonymousreply 1106/23/2013

No r11 WE have not put unbearable pressure on the government to "keep America safe". 9/11 birthed the Patriot Act and Congress rubber stamped it. Yes we had been attacked during 9/11 but an investigation had not happened before we rushed to give up the Constitutional rights of Americans. No discussion occurred just the abolishing of rights.

And before you start screaming about that awful attack and the necessity of protecting the "homeland" don't forget that there were warnings given and they were ignored. There were people in our government that tried to warn the administration about the attack and they were shut down. So the system was working. The system worked and still we rushed to take a match to the Constitution.

We did not have to panic and condemn Americans to the slow steady push toward becoming Soviet Russia that is happening now. We just needed to listen to those who tried to warn us and support them in doing the work that they TRIED to use to save us.

by Anonymousreply 1206/23/2013
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