facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Teen questions House Minority Leader on NSA data collection, Pelosi blames Bush

Pelosi: "From 9/11 on, the Bush Administration went too far on all of these things and, uh, we have, uh, correspondence back and forth to prove, uh, to demonstrate that they were just doing the wrong thing."
By JC Sevcik   |   June 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- A teenager confronted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about the NSA's spying activities on Monday.

Andrew Demeter, a self-described investigative reporter who runs the TeenTake Youtube channel, asked the congresswoman, who was initially smiling at the young people, ""Why do you support the NSA's illegal and ubiquitous data collection?"

The smile quickly faded from the congresswoman's face.

"Well I, I do not, I have questions about the metadata collection that they were, uh, collecting," Pelosi replied, "unless they had a reason to do so."

Two women, possibly the congresswoman's aides, stand in the background of the video. One looks suddenly anxious and the other cracks a sly and knowing smile at the question.

Both stand nervously listening to her reply.

The House Minority Leader quickly recovers by saying that she didn't support certain resolutions and that she fought the NSA on their collection processes, but Demeter follows up with, "You did vote for a bill to continue funding for the NSA, though?"

"Yeah, of course," Pelosi answers quickly. "I don't think we should not fund the National Security Agency; no, they do many, many things."

Then, as Demeter starts to ask his next question, an aid talks over him, saying "Thank you for your -- " in an attempt to cut his interview short, but Demeter won't be deterred, and raises his voice to ask Pelosi, "Isn't the NSA a clear violation of the fourth amendment?"

The House Minority Leader's answer is stammering and vague and seems to blame the Bush administration for the NSA's spying:

"No... No, some of what -- what they do should be subjected to scrutiny and some of the things, but they perform many other functions as well, and, uh, we hold them to a high order, and I've had my biggest fights here with in, in the intelligence community, with the director of the NSA, uh, Hayden, when he was the director, and I don't think he was on the level with us, but that doesn't mean that there aren't, uh, other things that are there, that are, uh, good things, or that are, uh, necessary for us to have, but from 9/11 on, the Bush Administration went too far on all of these things and, uh, we have, uh, correspondence back and forth to prove, uh, to demonstrate that they were just doing the wrong thing."

Follow @JCSevcik and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
Topics: Nancy Pelosi
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked
2
Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison
3
40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike 40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike
4
Man beaten to death with barbell in San Francisco gym Man beaten to death with barbell in San Francisco gym
5
Snowden reveals connection between NSA and Israel's spying on Palestinians Snowden reveals connection between NSA and Israel's spying on Palestinians
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback