June 24th, 2013
05:59 PM ET

Kerry defends NSA surveillance programs in interview with CNN

CNN's Elise Labott interviewed Secretary of State John Kerry Monday in India about U.S. efforts to find Edward Snowden after he fled Hong Kong.  She asked him whether China's failure to stop him from fleeing was payback after Snowden leaked information about U.S. surveillance activities on China.

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  1. Atossa


    Nothing Kerry [Kohn] says or does surprises me.



    June 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • rockhard

      And? So what?

      June 25, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @atoosa,hope you didn't think Condi Rice was intelligent ,now there's a twit that got away with everything under Bush and atoosa you knew it!!

      June 28, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
  2. Wladimir

    Snowden has shown that there should not be in democratic country. Anyone democratic country in the world don't execute such surveillance of foreigners and especially for their own citizens. U.S. fears someone much more than anyone in the world?

    June 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  3. gijames1225

    I'm a little terrified that Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, are not going to remember this come next election and we'll get another Obama or Romney in office that is fine with spying on the whole country and using the IRS to tackle political foes.

    June 25, 2013 at 9:22 am | Reply
  4. Samuel R. Kephart

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    June 25, 2013 at 8:24 am | Reply
  5. joe c

    of course he does...this is why politicians are hated so much...the care nothing about americans and give everthing to Israel..we are the new palestineans...welcom to the jewnited states of israel


    June 25, 2013 at 7:07 am | Reply
  6. Wladimir

    There is a version that the secret services were involved/ informed in those attacks of 9/11. The authorities need terrorism as a fear factor. The government itself can not directly be feared the people, it is a bad image. Power protects people from danger and claimed the image of the danger. Noteworthy version? The myth of terrorism is not only a good reason to keep track of people, but also to carry out military action anywhere in the world. Our conversations certainly not interested, need the money, electronic money in the long run. It is easy to imagine in the future will all the calculations only in electronic form. If we add to it a system of control, it will means total control. Therefore wrong to think: "We have nothing to fear, we have nothing to hide, only terrorists let afraid." Yes, now is so. But we can not exclude the possibility of the worst scenario. There is an analogy. To solve the financial problems the state is using the foreign policy of the pretext of "democracy" and "fight against terrorism". The whole world sees that it is an artificially created situation, or imitation of struggle, it is cheating. But the cheating works. Don't a careless.

    June 25, 2013 at 3:05 am | Reply
  7. lewtronix

    Privacy and bandwidth are inversely proportional relationships. National security and faster internet is the soup of the day. This is a hard pill to swallow but that’s where we are as a connected society. It’s incredible, 100 million internet junkies in the US alone. The minds of those who cannot unplug will be controlled by their Governments and evil spirits. This is the FORWARD moving CHANGE you can believe in! Everything is proceeding according to plan. Thanks Edward.

    June 25, 2013 at 1:13 am | Reply
  8. Joseph McCarthy

    How many human traffickers did this program stop and how many drug traffickers? The answer to that question is, ZERO!!!!! This government only goes after the wrong people for political purposes! It's a big, fat joke!

    June 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      It must be cold somewhere because I thought hell would freeze over before I agreed with you but it happened.

      June 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Reply
    • TXPatriot

      Worse than a joke, it's sinister. Like a scary SCI-FI movie.

      June 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  9. kdenzler

    This interview was just painful to watch. How on earth did this Elise Labott become a reporter? She clearly was only interested in making a name for herself. She made the interview about herself, not about her subject. Awful, just awful. She was being antagonistic for the sake of being antagonistic. CNN must really be scraping the bottom these days.

    June 24, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  10. Navyvet8192

    Mr. Kerry is applying rule #3 here. Much like they were last week.

    Rules to apply when a whistle blower attempts to go public.

    #1: Deny it.
    #2: Attempt to silence the alleging party if you still have control of them.
    #3: Justify your actions with results of the misconduct that is alleged.
    #4: Make allegations against the whistle blower.
    #5: Destroy the credibility of the alleging party
    #6: Settle with the whistle blower to make it go away.

    The US Government was conducting illegal surveillance operations against US citizens. Everything else is government smoke and mirrors to justify their actions and destroy a "Real American" who cares about OUR rights!

    June 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Well put, Navyvet8192. Thank you.

      June 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      did I praise Navy vat? I don't remember, mostl likely I did it when I was drinking Natty Daddy last night !!!

      June 25, 2013 at 11:36 am | Reply
      • Phunnie boy

        It's only me, Phunnie boy trolling George Patton above, Navyvet. Just ignore the above post!

        June 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
  11. Joe

    Biden speaks of this young man breaking the Law when they, the government of the United States Of America, have broken every Law possible, even International laws which will have negative consequences.

    June 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Reply

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