Obama: Spying Debate A "Sign of Maturity" That Wouldn't Have Happened 6 Years Ago

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OBAMA: Now, having said all that, you'll remember when I made that speech a couple of weeks ago about the need for us to shift out of a perpetual war mind-set, I specifically said that one of the things that we're going to have to discuss and debate is how are we striking this balance between the need to keep the American people safe and our concerns about privacy because there are some tradeoffs involved.

I welcome this debate and I think it's healthy for our democracy. I think it's a sign of maturity because probably five years ago, six years ago we might not have been having this debate. And I think it's interesting that there are some folks on the left but also some folks on the right who are now worried about it, who weren't very worried about it when it was a Republican president.

I think that's good that we're having this discussion but I think it's important for everybody to understand, and I think the A merican people understand that there are some tradeoffs involved. You know?

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