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We began with the president's new power arms reduction proposal.
To Russia adding to his growing foreign policy check -- it seems including arming the Syrian rebels controversial peace talks with.
Here now to discuss these issues and the NSA is defense of national security surveillance programs is -- -- John -- poverty.
He was the first director US national intelligence serving under president George W.
Bush and five time ambassador.
Ambassador great to have you with us thank you let me turn first true.
What we are.
The president says statements today -- Reducing.
Respectively partially -- arming in nuclear weaponry.
With the Russians your reaction to the proposal would concept.
Well I don't think there is.
Anything terribly new -- -- and I'm not too concerned about.
Reductions we might negotiate.
With the Russians I still think they'll be in the ballpark of leaving us with.
Plenty of nuclear.
But as you yourself mentioned in your opening there.
At least initially have reacted to this bio linking.
This matter to the question of are -- development or.
Further missiles defenses so -- I'm sure will enter into a fairly complex discussion here.
-- in the past.
These kinds of talks with the Russians have eventually.
Led to some kind further reduction of.
Nuclear arms and the president today having to explain to the people -- -- Edward Snowden revealed and that is that the NSA.
Has been carrying out surveillance.
And as -- -- we have videotape please of the president today.
You look let's hear what the president said and I'd like to get your reaction to it is right after -- I was a critic of the previous administration for those occasions in which.
I felt they had violated our values and I came in that.
With the -- healthy skepticism.
How are various programs were structure.
What I have been able do is examine.
And scrub how our intelligence services are operating and I'm confident that at this point.
We have struck the appropriate balance.
He didn't quite -- -- blame President Bush.
But he but he defended the program and he defended.
Are our national interest here I think which is to be able to continue this program and there's of course a lot of misunderstanding about what the program is about it's not about.
Reading everybody's mail and intercepting all their phone calls it's about keeping the metadata of the so called records.
Of these calls two match them against to see if any calls come in from some suspicious area like Waziristan in the border area between Pakistan and and Afghanistan and had to check against a possible terrorist phone calls.
Are you astonished that the congress.
And and -- by congress I'm referring to Republicans and Democrats.
And the president -- Have bit him.
Have done so little to defend the and -- say.
That true programs that are the focus of -- -- leads.
IE it has been a very.
For an agency an organization.
That spends so much time and money.
And liturgy protecting the country it is as if politics overwhelmed -- -- -- All concerned -- for the national interest here.
Well it's certainly been a lot of commotion.
But on the other hand I can think of some examples of where.
Chairman and share women have actually defended the program rather strongly like senator Dianne Dianne Feinstein that -- what is in -- war.
And I think we need to say no -- stepped up sooner.
Arm -- more directly.
Then she as the head of the senate.
Intelligence committee and I say that general Alexander has been doing a pretty darn good job of different course is organization itself and I -- -- -- I would agree with you but again in that instance.
He's defending his agency is not I would I would have expected.
To see far more all of our elected officials standing.
First for him.
And -- understanding -- beside him and defending the agency.
And it's to me it's been remarkable the politics the transparent.
But I don't think we're gonna change our modus operandi.
In any regard and I think the program we'll definitely continue.
We may have to tighten up a little bit on some of our security procedures because how some of this instrument -- -- Could get into the hands of people stationed in Hawaii -- it's like private Manning who.
Downloaded all that -- -- information and a remote area in Iraq I mean this is really got to be.
Put to an end kind of leakage.
Ambassador John and -- probably always good to talk with thank you know thank you pleasure.
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