As America continues to wrestle with issues of privacy, security, and the delicate intersection of the two, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited a trio of men to offer their reaction to data-mining, and National Security Agency contractor/leaker Edward Snowden:
"I don't find myself agreeing with the Obama administration very often, but I am strongly with the Obama administration on this one," said Ari Fleischer, in speaking out against Snowden, and in favor of programs to collect and analyze information. "It is legal. It's been authorized by all three branches of government. And any time you have this unusual marriage of a George Bush policy that's continued by Barack Obama, you really have found a broad center in the United States. It's doing what's necessary to keep us safe."
Seated next to the former White House Press Secretary, Jeffrey Toobin took some issue with the government. However, his ire towards Snowden was significantly stronger:
"I think there are many good reasons to protest this law. I'm troubled by this law, but I think there are right ways to do it, and there are wrong ways to do it," said the CNN legal analyst. "By a 29-year-old kid, just throwing open the safe and giving away documents that people have devoted years of their lives to creating and protecting. That's the wrong way to protest."
The segments third panel member – Lanny Davis – is against sacrificing safety for transparency:
"I saw the careful scrutiny that each person involved in the terrorist surveillance program," said former White House Special Counsel under the Clinton administration. "When they approached the line of encroaching on the Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens, they pulled back to the point where there were so many checks and balances within that agency, where I was watching the program, I sometimes wondered whether we were missing evil terrorists because of concern about privacy."
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's live discussion on security, transparency, the NSA, and Edward Snowden, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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