SAN JOSE, Calif. â€” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was booed by progressive activists Saturday for defending President Obama on the NSAâ€™s surveillance programs and suggesting that alleged leaker Edward Snowden broke the law.
Speaking in a wide-ranging Q&A session at this yearâ€™s Netroots Nation conference, Pelosi said itâ€™s unfair to equate Obama and former President George W. Bush on the issue of surveillance.
â€œPeople on the far right are saying oh, this is the fourth term of President Bush,â€ the California Democrat said. â€œAbsolutely, positively not so.â€
As Pelosi was saying the country needs a â€œbalanceâ€ between security and privacy, Marc Perkel, a 57-year-old activist from Gilroy, Calif., started shouting at Pelosi during her answer and was escorted out of the room.
â€œItâ€™s not a balance. Itâ€™s not constitutional!â€ he yelled. â€œNo secret laws!â€
Others in the room began shouting as well, saying things like â€œLeave him alone!â€ or â€œThatâ€™s what a police state looks like right there!â€
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