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At the level of strict security, the maximum is done. The authorities are confronted to the fact that all the outward signs, what we call indicators, the criteria for surveillance, are today very volatile because individuals adapt, they know what will get them detected.
NEW Mar 25 2017
Multiple people spoke about Wiretapping in the news. We gather all their quotes on this page, an easy way to see all views about this topic at a glance. To go deeper, all quotes are redirected to the article from which they come. Donald J. Trump is the person who had the greatest number of quotes. The most recent one of them is: “I'm a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right... I guess I can't be doing so badly, because I'm President, and you're not. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I'm talking about is surveillance. I have a lot of respect for Judge Napolitano, and he said that three sources have told him things that would make me right. I don't know where he has gone with it since then. But I'm quoting highly respected people from highly respected television networks.”.
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Devin Nunes

There was a lot going on yesterday and it was a judgment call on my part. At the end of the day, sometimes you make the right decisions and sometimes you make the wrong ones but you've got to stick by the decisions you make.

Devin Nunes

Yes, he apologized to the minority on the committee today for going public and to the (White House) with his announcement yesterday before sharing the information with the minority. He pledged to work with them on this issue and share information with them about it.

Eric Swalwell

Before we go forward, we really need to see what evidence did the chairman take over to the president, how did he get that evidence and why exactly did he go around our committee. We haven't seen that yet. We have been told that that is coming soon.

Donald J. Trump

I predicted a lot of things. I'm a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right. When everyone said I wasn't going to win the election, I said well I think I would. I have articles saying it happened. Now remember this. When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. Because a wiretapping is, you know today it is different than wire tapping. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I'm talking about is surveillance. ... Devin Nunes just had a news conference. Now probably got obliterated by what's happened in London.

Donald J. Trump

When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I'm talking about is surveillance.

Donald J. Trump

The New York Times had a front-page story, which they actually reduced, they took it, they took it the word wiretapping out of the title, but its first story in the front page of the paper was wiretapping. They then dropped that headline, and they used another headline without the word wiretap, but they did mean wiretap.

Donald J. Trump

I'm quoting highly respected people from highly respected television networks. The New York Times had a front-page story, which they actually reduced, they took it, they took it the word wiretapping out of the title, but its first story in the front page of the paper was wiretapping. They then dropped that headline, and they used another headline without the word wiretap, but they did mean wiretap. When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I'm talking about is surveillance. I didn't say that. I was referring to a newspaper.

Greg Falxa - Department of Fish and Wildlife

Every single avenue we look at seems far-fetched. Who knows how it got here? Everything is speculation right now. We're starting surveillance in that area.

Devin Nunes

I mean, there was a lot going on yesterday and it was a judgment call on my part ... at the end of the day, sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the wrong one, but you've got to stick by the decisions you make.

Mick Mulvaney

No, I don't think so. I think it's probably one of the most compassionate things we can do. We're trying to focus on both the recipients of the money and the folks who give us the money in the first place. And I think it's fairly compassionate to go to them and say, Look, we're not gonna ask you for your hard-earned money, anymore, single mother of two in Detroit … unless we can guarantee to you that that money is actually being used in a proper function.

Donald J. Trump

I'm a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right. Hey, look, in the meantime, I guess I can't be doing so badly, because I'm president, and you're not. When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. Because a wiretapping is … today it is different than wire tapping. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I'm talking about is surveillance.

Donald J. Trump

We'll see after the committee. I have people say it was more than that. We will see after we have. I said, no Brexit is going to happen, and everybody laughed, and Brexit happened. Many many things. They turn out to be right. Well, he just got this information. This was new information. That was just got. Members, of, let's see, were under surveillance during the Obama Administration following November's election. Wow. This just came out. So, ah, just came out. Why do you say that I have to apologize? I thought it was, I thought it was a disgrace that they could write that.

Donald J. Trump

Wiretapping was in quotes. What I'm talking about is surveillance. I guess, I can't be doing so badly, because I'm president, and you're not.

Jennifer Rubin

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday accused U.S. spy agencies of abusing their surveillance powers by gathering and sharing information about President Trump and his transition team, an unproven charge that was quickly embraced by the White House but threatened to derail the committee’s investigation of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia.

John McCain

There's always additional information that comes out before it's concluded.

Devin Nunes

While there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower, I was concerned that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates. I recently confirmed that, on numerous occasions, the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition. Details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration–details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value–were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting.

Devin Nunes

What I've read, seems to me to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal, but I don't know that it's right ... But let us get all the reports. ... I think the president is concerned and he should be. I think he'd like to see these reports.

Devin Nunes

It's perhaps legal but I don't know that it's right and I don't think the American people would be comfortable with that. I think the president is concerned. He should be. I think he would like to see those reports.

Donald J. Trump

Somewhat vindicated. I somewhat do. I must tell you I somewhat do. I very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found.

Devin Nunes

What I have read seems to me to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal, but I don't know that it's right, I don't know that the American people would be comfortable with what I read, but let's get all the reports.

Devin Nunes

First, I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition. Details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated intelligence community reporting. I have confirmed that additional names of Trump transition team members were unmasked. Fourth and finally, I want to be clear: None of this surveillance was related to Russia or the investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team.

Richard Ledgett - National Security Agency

We're being very open about the (Section 702) program, and will be. Yes. All of the major cyber threat actors that we worry about have efforts in place, have that capability. Can you take out a traffic system? Absolutely. Can you take out comm(unication)s systems? Absolutely. Can you take out gas and oil distribution, and energy distribution systems? Absolutely you can. ... We're more vulnerable than most. Like a turtle, touch them and they pull in their shell.

Richard Ledgett - National Security Agency

What happened here was, they fought back. So it kind of became a hand-to-hand combat thing. We'd remove their malware. They would deploy new malware, even though they knew we were in the system. They were just trying to get around us.

Devin Nunes

It is possible. There was some level of surveillance activity – perfectly legal – but I don't think the American people would be comfortable with it. What I have read bothered me. It should bother the president himself and his team.

Devin Nunes

I've heard of Manafort. There is a big, gray cloud that you've now put over people who have very important work to do to lead this country. And so the faster you can get to the bottom of this, it's going to be better for all Americans.

Matthew Waxman

The president's commentary about surveillance allegations and the Russian election meddling investigation is dangerous.

Sean Spicer

All we're doing is literally reading off what other stations and people have reported. We're not casting judgment on that.

Shepard Smith - Fox

Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way. Full stop.

Shepard Smith - Fox

Judge Andrew Napolitano commented on the morning show Fox and Friends that he has sources who say British intelligence . . . was involved in surveillance at Trump Tower. Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary. Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way, full stop.

Trevor Noah

That's right, people. Obama didn't wiretap Trump, and even the FBI thinks there is something at least worth investigating regarding how much Trump's campaign communicated with Russia. Wow. I did not see that coming.

Devin Nunes

Let me be clear. We know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower. However, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates. The fact that Russia hacked U.S. election-related databases comes as no shock to this committee. We have been closely monitoring Russia's aggressions for years.

James Comey - FBI

'With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets,'. 'And we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components: the department has no information that supports those tweets,'. 'I think that was a fairly easy judgement for the (intelligence) community,'.

James Comey - FBI

With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets.

James Comey - FBI

This work is very complex, and there is no way for me to give you a timetable for when it will be done. With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI.

Devin Nunes

The faster you can get to the bottom of this, it's going to be better for all Americans.

James Comey - FBI

With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI.

Donald J. Trump

The real story that Congress, the FBI and others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!

Adam Schiff

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than a entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated.

Devin Nunes

The faster you can get to the bottom of this, the better it's going to be for all Americans.

Alexander Kutikov - Fox Chase Cancer Center

Clinical utility versus patient expectations versus costs must be thoughtfully balanced. Right now our approach to post-treatment cancer surveillance is somewhat arbitrary.

Ryan Merkow - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Often our instincts as providers are to order more tests - it makes us feel like we are caring for the patient, and it makes the patient feel like they are being cared for. In certain instances this is absolutely the correct approach, in others, it may lead to additional and unnecessary procedures and patient anxiety. We have to approach surveillance in a deliberate and thoughtful manner as the risk of over and under-treatment is real.

Sean Spicer

Why was a name that should have been protected by law from being put out into the public domain, put out there. What were the motives behind that? What else do we need to know? Who was behind that kind of unmasking?

James Comey - FBI

Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much that he had a clear preference for the person running against Secretary Clinton. That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian Government and whether there was any coordination.

Donald J. Trump

The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign.

Sean Spicer

No. We started a hearing, it is still ongoing. There's a lot of areas that still need to be covered. There's a lot of information that still needs to be discussed. Following this testimony it's clear that nothing has changed. Who was being surveilled? Why were they being surveilled? Why were they being quote unmasked?

Sean Spicer

We are still at the beginning phase of a look as to what kind of surveillance took place and why. I think there's continuing to be a very, very literal interpretation of his tweet, which is whether or not there was wiretapping. The president understands that you don't literally wiretap people the same way you did in the '70s and '80s with wires and things in the top of the phone. There's no reason to believe he doesn't at this time.

Donald J. Trump

On wiretapping by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps.

Devin Nunes

Let me be clear: We know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower. However, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates.

Adam Schiff

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than a entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians use the same techniques to corrupt U.S. persons that they employed in Europe and elsewhere. We simply don't know. Not yet. And we owe it to the country to find out.

James Comey - FBI

I have no information that supports those tweets. I know speculating is part of human nature, but it really isn't fair to draw conclusions simply because I say that I can't comment.

Devin Nunes

We know there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower. However, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates.

Jennifer Rubin

Before FBI Director James B. Comey began his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, President Trump was back, compulsively tweeting - and underscoring the growing perception that his allegation that President Barack Obama had Trump’s “wires tapped” is nonsensical, his attachment to reality fleeting and his concern about Russian interference in the election on his behalf is palpable. He tweeted: “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” (Interestingly, he limited the denial of collusion to him, POTUS, only.) Certainly, he had been rattled by a parade of Republican lawmakers affirming there was no evidence of wiretapping. He was right to be anxious.

Donald J. Trump

The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!

Devin Nunes

For the first time the American people, and all the political parties now, are paying attention to the threat that Russia poses. We know that the Russians were trying to get involved in our campaign, like they have for many decades. They're also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and over in Europe.

Donald J. Trump

The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost! The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of classified information. Must find (the) leaker now! What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians? Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the FBI in to look?

Adam Schiff

There is certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation. The American people have a right to know and in order to defend ourselves, we need to know whether the circumstantial evidence of collusion and direct evidence of deception is indicative of more.

Devin Nunes

For the first time the American people, and all the political parties now, are paying attention to the threat that Russia poses. We know that the Russians were trying to get involved in our campaign, like they have for many decades. They're also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and over in Europe. We need to get to the bottom of that. Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No there never was. The information we received Friday continues to lead us in that direction.

Tom Cole

I see no indication that that's true. President Obama is owed an apology.

Devin Nunes

The one crime we know that's been committed is that one: the leaking of someone's name. Were there any other names that were ... leaked out?

Devin Nunes

We need to get to the bottom of that. Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No there never was. The information we received Friday continues to lead us in that direction. There was no FISA warrant I am aware of to tap Trump Tower.

Susan Collins

I don't know the basis for President Trump's assertion and that's what I wish he would explain to us, on the Intelligence Committee, and to the American people and I do believe he owes us that explanation," " when asked if the accusations were true. I have seen no evidence supporting that statement and what we need is evidence. If the president has evidence of that, I would encourage him to turn it over to the House and Senate intelligence committee.

Devin Nunes

Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No, but there never was, and the information we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction.

Rand Paul

I spent nine and a half years as an undercover officer. I was the dude in the back alleys at 4 in the morning collecting intelligence to protect our homeland. … The men and the women in the CIA, they do their job regardless of who is in the White House. Same for NSA. Same for FBI. These men and women are putting themselves in harm's way.

Devin Nunes

That is very possible, and we don't have the answers to those questions yet. We had a deadline of Friday for the NSA, FBI and CIA to get us those names that were unmasked through the FISA system. We didn't get those names on Friday, and until we get those names, we can't rule this out.

Rand Paul

It is very, very important that whoever released that go to jail, because you cannot have members of the intelligence community listening to the most private and highly classified information and then releasing that to the New York Times. There can only be a certain handful of people who did that. I would bring them all in. They would have to take lie-detector tests. And, I would say, including the political people, because some political people knew about this as well.

Devin Nunes

Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No, but there never was, and the information we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction. That's the only crime we know has been committed right now. We're trying to get to everyone who, for lack of a better term, was at the crime scene. We're trying to bring them all in, see what they knew, when they knew it, if they knew about the leaks, if they knew about General Flynn's name being unmasked. These are all questions that we need to get to the bottom of.

David Medine

If the president is concerned about surveillance by the intelligence agencies, one thing he should do is appoint new members to the board.

Elizabeth Goitein

It's in keeping with his attitude toward government in general. He has nothing but antipathy for the agencies he controls.

Devin Nunes

There was no Fisa warrant that I'm aware of to tap Trump Tower. I don't think there is anyone in the White House today that is under any type of surveillance at all.

Sean Spicer

As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps.

Donald J. Trump

At least we have something in common, perhaps. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. You shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox.

Charlie Dent

A president only has so much political capital to expend and so much moral authority as well, and so any time your credibility takes a hit, I think in many ways it weakens the officeholder.

Kelly Wroblewski

They allow you to perform constant surveillance in the community and identify when you need to respond.

Donald J. Trump

As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common perhaps. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. And so you shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox. Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

Donald J. Trump

(I) probably wouldn't be here right now, but very seldom. We have a tremendous group of people that listen and I can get around the media when the media doesn't tell the truth, so I like that. As far as wiretapping, I guess by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps. And just to finish your question, we said nothing. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn't make an opinion on it.

Donald J. Trump

As far as wiretapping, I guess by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox, and so you shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox. Okay?

Tom Cole

It's not a charge that I would have ever made. And, frankly, unless you can produce some pretty compelling proof, then I think the president, you know, President Obama is owed an apology in that regard. . . If he didn't do it, we shouldn't be reckless in accusations that he did.

Sean Spicer

I don't think we regret anything. We literally listed a litany of media reports that were in the public domain.

Shepard Smith - Fox

Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way.

Erik Wemple

At a joint news conference Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Trump fielded a question from a German journalist as to whether he felt it was a “mistake” to accuse British intelligence of assisting former President Barack Obama in allegedly surveilling him. Wrapped up in the question was a pivotal question about the relationship between the Trump White House and the conservative media. After all, the claim about British intelligence stemmed directly from a report by Fox News’s Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey judge.

Donald J. Trump

I said, wait a minute, there's a lot of wiretapping being talked about. I've been seeing a lot of things.

Tom Cole

I think the president, President Obama, is owed an apology in that regard, because if he didn't do it we shouldn't be reckless in accusations that he did.

Tom Cole

Frankly unless you can produce some pretty compelling proof, President Obama is owed an apology. If he didn't do it, we shouldn't be reckless in accusations that he did. Look, they're allowed to believe what they believe. I know the leaders of both those committees, I have a lot of respect of them, they said they found no evidence and until we see something different I accept their conclusion.

Andrew Napolitano

So by bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints.

Patrick Leahy

On areas of surveillance and torture, what I've seen so far, his views are a lot different than mine. When Judge Gorsuch was working for the administration, at least based on the initial things I've looked at, he appears to be a cheerleader for President Bush's views on executive powers.

Jeff Sessions

Do you have any knowledge, direct or indirect, whether Mr. Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen, or any member of his family, traveled out of the country to meet with Russians during the campaign? Do you have knowledge of whether Mr. Cohen, or any Trump associate, directly or through shell companies, made payments either to hackers or to internet companies that ran a botnet of fake accounts and websites on behalf of Russia? To your knowledge, did any person illegally inform the president that there was a wiretap at Trump Tower?

Jeff Sessions

Was the president's tweet about a wiretap at Trump Tower, to your knowledge, illegal? If so, to whom have you reported this offense.

Seth Meyers

You're so paranoid about wiretapping that you talk like a mafia don, afraid the feds are listening.

Tim Farron

Trump is compromising the vital UK-US security relationship to try to cover his own embarrassment. This harms our and US security.

Sean Spicer

He's able to get it and there's no American fingerprints on it. Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command - he didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI and he didn't use the Department of Justice - he used GCHQ.

Andrew Napolitano

Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI, and he didn't use the Department of Justice.

Donald J. Trump

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism! You're the president – you're in charge of the agencies. Every intelligence agency reports to you. Why not immediately go to them and gather evidence to support that? We have enough problems. We will be submitting certain things, and I will be perhaps speaking about this next week, but it's right now before the committee, and I think I want to leave it. I have a lot of confidence in the committee.

Sean Spicer

There's a lot of wiretapping being talked about. I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.

Sean Spicer

They are not findings. The statement clearly says at this time they don't believe it. At the end of the day the committee has not been provided all the information.

Richard Burr

Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016. I don't believe, just in the last week of time, the people we've talked to, I don't believe there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.

Wenenda Mpi - Eni

I want both parties to resolve the issue amicably. The issue of surveillance contracts is not working well, we will revisit it.

Paul Ryan

The intelligence committees, in their continuing, widening, ongoing investigations of all things Russia, got to the bottom – at least so far with respect to our intelligence community – that no such wiretap existed. We've seen no evidence of that.

Donald J. Trump

I was elected to change our broken and dangerous system and thinking in government that has weakened and endangered our country and left our people defenseless.

Mick Mulvaney

We can't spend money on programs just because they sound good and great. Meals on Wheels sounds great. Again that's a state decision to fund that particular portion to it. To take the federal money and give it to the states and say look we want to give you money for programs that don't work. I can't defend that anymore.

Paul Ryan

The intelligence committees in their continuing, widening ongoing investigation of all things Russia, got to the bottom – at least so far with respect to our intelligence community – that no such wiretap existed.

James Lankford

There are some theories out there that this is what's called incidental collection, where there's collection of a foreign individual who calls into the United States, and they happen to gather up U.S. persons on that, as well. But there are even some problems even in that theory. If there's incidental collection, you have to minimize Americans that are in it, to make sure the U.S. citizens are protected in their rights. They feel very strongly they have some of this information. Obviously, it's going to come from the FBI and from the CIA.

Jeremiah Grossman

At the very least, Yahoo is a good target for surveillance and intelligence purposes – tracking a person of interest, seeing whom they are communicating with, what about, and so on.

Donald J. Trump

Let's see whether or not I proved it. You looked at some proof. I mean, let's see whether or not I prove it. I just don't choose to do it right now...I think we have some very good stuff, and we're in the process of putting it together, and I think it's going to be very demonstrative. Don't forget, when I say 'wiretapping,' those words were in quotes. That really covers, because wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff. But that really covers surveillance and many other things. And nobody ever talks about the fact that it was in quotes, but that's a very important thing.

Donald J. Trump

There were other things. I watched your friend Brett Baier the day previous, where he was talking about certain very complex sets of things happening, and wiretapping. I said, 'Wait a minute, there's a lot of wiretapping being talked about.' I've been seeing a lot of things. Now, for the most part, I'm not going to discuss it, because we have it before the committee and we will be submitting things before the committee very soon that hasn't been submitted as of yet. But it's potentially a very serious issue.

Donald J. Trump

That really covers surveillance and many other things. Nobody ever talks about the fact that [the words 'wires tapped'] was in quotes [in the tweet], but that's a very important thing. If they're not going to do me the honor of spreading my word accurately when I can reach many people through Twitter, then, it is a wonderful thing for me, because I get the word out. Sure! A lot of times, my staff comes to me and they say, 'Can you do a tweet on this or that because it's not being shown correctly.'.

Donald J. Trump

This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy! ...If you take a look at some of the things written about wiretapping and eavesdropping - and don't forget, when I say wiretapping, those words were in quotes. That really covers, because wiretapping is pretty old fashioned stuff. But that really covers surveillance and many other things. And nobody ever talks about the fact that it was in quotes, but that's a very important thing. But wiretap covers a lot of different things. I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.

Donald J. Trump

Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, 'went to his mailbox' and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS! Wiretap covers a lot of different things.

Devin Nunes

As I told you last week about the issue with the president talking about tapping Trump Tower, that evidence still remains the same, that we don't have any evidence that took place. In fact, I don't believe just in the last week of time, the people we've talked to, I don't think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower. Are you going to take the tweets literally? And if you are, then clearly the president was wrong.

Donald J. Trump

We have enough problems. We will be submitting certain things, and I will be perhaps speaking about this next week, but it's right now before the committee, and I think I want to leave it. I have a lot of confidence in the committee. Well, because The New York Times wrote about it. Not that I respect The New York Times. I call it the 'failing New York Times.' But they did write on January 20 using the word 'wiretap.'.

Devin Nunes

Wiretap covers a lot of different things. I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.

Richard Burr
Mark W. Warner

Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016.

Paul Ryan

The intelligence committees, in their continuing, widening, ongoing investigation of all things Russia, got to the bottom – at least so far with respect to our intelligence community – that no such wiretap existed.

Donald J. Trump

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism! Because I don't want to do anything that's going to violate any strength of an agency.

Devin Nunes

We don't have any evidence that took place. Are you going to take the tweets literally? And if you are, then clearly the president was wrong. But if you're not going to take the tweets literally – and there is a concern that the president has about other people, other surveillance activities looking at him and his associates, either appropriately or inappropriately. We want to find that out.

Donald J. Trump

The New York Times wrote about it. Not that I respect The New York Times. I call it the failing New York Times. But they did write on January 20 using the word wiretap.

Charles F. Adams - Raytheon

With Radarange in her kitchen, Mother can wait until her family is actually seated at the dinner table before she asks them what they would like to eat.

Jane Nickerson

Roasts are gray rather than brown. Eggs scramble well, bake rather than boil and refuse to fry, exploding before the final effect can be achieved.

Donald J. Trump

Let's see whether or not I proved it. You looked at some proof. I mean, let's see whether or not I prove it. I just don't choose to do it right now. … I think we have some very good stuff, and we're in the process of putting it together, and I think it's going to be very demonstrative.

Donald J. Trump

Don't forget, when I say 'wiretapping,' those words were in quotes. That really covers, because wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff. But that really covers surveillance and many other things. And nobody ever talks about the fact that it was in quotes, but that's a very important thing.

Donald J. Trump

I've been reading about things. I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks. I do. What he was saying and what he was talking about and how he mentioned the word 'wiretap,' you would feel very confident that you could mention the name. He mentioned it. And other people have mentioned it.

Donald J. Trump

I have no idea where they got it, but it's illegal, and they're not supposed to have it and it's not supposed to be leaked. It's certainly not an embarrassing tax return at all, but it's an illegal thing they've been doing it. They've done it before, and I think it's a disgrace.

Donald J. Trump

The Senate's broad, bipartisan support for General McMaster affirms that he is the right person for this job.

Devin Nunes

We don't have any evidence that that took place. I don't think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.

Gabe Roth

The picture these documents paint is that from the outset of his agency tenure, Judge Gorsuch was intimately involved in a range of administration initiatives, from detainee treatment to surveillance to judicial nominations. I'm looking forward to the release of additional documents, whether in response to the senator or to our FOIA lawsuit.

Donald J. Trump

'Wiretap' covers a lot of different things. I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks. I have no idea where they got it. But it's illegal and they're not supposed to have it and it's not supposed to be leaked. It's certainly not an embarrassing tax return at all. But it's an illegal thing; they've been doing it, they've done it before and I think it's a disgrace.

Donald J. Trump

Does that sound familiar to you? Wiretap covers a lot of different things. It's certainly not an embarrassing tax return at all.

Devin Nunes

Are you going to take the tweets literally? If so, clearly the president was wrong.

Devin Nunes

We don't have any evidence that that took place, and in fact I don't believe – just in the last week of time, the people we've talked to – I don't think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.

Donald J. Trump

Wiretap covers a lot of different things. It's certainly not an embarrassing tax return at all.

Tim Kaine

We have to understand everything about the ties between Russia, the Trump campaign, the Trump transition, the Trump administration. Especially the degree to which Russia tried to invade the American election, because we have to protect future elections.

Lindsey Graham

The Congress needs to know what it's doing. If you're going to have multiple congressional investigations and there is a criminal investigation, we're going to run into it.

Lindsey Graham

Congress is going to flex its muscles. I think the entire country needs to know if there's something there.

Devin Nunes

Are you going to take the tweets literally? And if you are, then clearly the president was wrong.

Devin Nunes

If there is no warrant, then we'll have solved this problem: There was no wiretapping.

Donald J. Trump

And don't forget, when I say wiretapping, those words were in quotes. That really covers, because wiretapping is pretty old fashioned stuff, but that really covers surveillance and many other things. And nobody ever talks about the fact that it was in quotes, but that's a very important thing.

Donald J. Trump

Now, for the most part, I'm not going to discuss it, because we have it before the committee and we will be submitting things before the committee very soon that hasn't been submitted as of yet. But it's potentially a very serious situation. But I think that frankly we have a lot right now. And I think if you watched the Bret Baier and what he was saying and what he was talking about and how he mentioned the word wiretap, you would feel very confident that you could mention the name. He mentioned it... And don't forget, when I say wire-tapping, those words were in quotes.

Donald J. Trump

I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.

Lindsey Graham

I want to get to the bottom of it. The F.B.I. would know if a warrant was issued. They would know if a warrant was applied for. I want to answer that question.

Sean Spicer

The president was very clear in his tweet that it was 'wiretapping'.That spans a whole host of surveillance types of options. I think that there have been numerous reports from a variety of outlets over the last couple of months that seem to indicate that there has been different types of surveillance that occurred during the 2016 election.

Hu Wen-chi

The Kuomintang believes in former President Ma's innocence and personal integrity.

Tony Porter

What most worries me is the impact of big data and integration of video surveillance. The problem with the Olympic feed is that it has continued in perpetuity. It moved from being a pilot in the Olympic Games to a position that is now untenable. The police need to review why they are retaining that data and get rid of it.

Tony Porter

I'm worried about overt surveillance becoming much more invasive because it is linked to everything else. You might have a video photograph of somebody shopping in Tesco. Now it is possible to link that person to their pre-movements, their mobile phone records, any sensor detectors within their house or locality. As smart cities move forward, these are challenges are so much greater for people like myself. And members of the public need to decide whether they are still happy with this.

Tony Porter

Surveillance cameras are becoming much more integrated into the internet … The problem is when new and advancing technology is brought together by well-meaning people that actually invades people's privacy, or worse, leaves privacy at risk of theft or uploading on YouTube.

John McCain

I think the president has one of two choices: either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve. If his predecessor violated the law, President Obama violated the law, we have got a serious issue here, to say the least.

Jack Langer

If the committee does not receive a response by then, the committee will ask for this information during the March 20 hearing and may resort to a compulsory process if our questions continue to go unanswered.

Brandi Collins

We commend Facebook and Instagram for this step and call on all companies who claim to value diversity and justice to also stand up and do what's needed to limit invasive social media surveillance from being used to target Black and Brown people in low-income communities.

Christopher Bush

The UAS adds significant intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to U.S. Forces Korea and our ROK partners.

Tom Cotton

President Trump said last weekend that he wanted the intelligence committees in the Senate and the House to take up this matter as part of our broader inquiry into Russia's activities into our political system last year. We're going to do exactly that.

Rikki Goodman

The Democrats need to get back on the issues that count. When they talk about whether [President Barack] Obama was wiretapping Trump – that's a flare, that's a distraction. You haven't heard about [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions, and he's doing things that we need to watch out for.

John McCain

President Trump has to provide the American people–not just the intelligence committee, but the American people–with evidence that his predecessor, former president of the Unites States was guilty of breaking the law. Because our Director of National Intelligence, General Clapper, testified that there was absolutely no truth to that allegation. I think the president has one of two choices: Either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve because if his predecessor violated the law -President Obama violated the law-we've got a serious issue here, to say the least.

Nathan White

The NSA leaks were shocking because they revealed mass surveillance that impacted all of us. We're not seeing that here – at least not yet.

John McCain

The president has one of two choices, either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve. I have no reason to believe that the charge is true, but I also believe that the president of the United States could clear this up in a minute. If the allegation is left out there, it undermines the confidence the American people have in the entire way that the government does business. Terrible. Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism.

Sean Spicer

He said that he wasn't aware of anything. I take him at his word that he wasn't aware, but that doesn't mean that it didn't exist.

Sean Spicer

That's probably a level above my pay grade. But as I've mentioned, I think the president believes that the appropriate place for this to be adjudicated is for the House and Senate intelligence committees who have the clearances, the staff, the processes, to go through this, look at it and report back. I think that's what we need to find out. There's obviously a lot of concern. There is no reason to believe there is any type of investigation with respect to the Department of Justice.

Ewen MacAskill

The reporting of the latest Wikileaks material shows the media have now grasped the surveillance threat. But tougher official oversight is what’s really needed. A glance at Wednesday’s newspaper headlines about the hacking capabilities of security services in Britain and the US would have cheered privacy advocates. “Spy in your TV” was the splash in the Sun. The Mirror, also on the front page, had “MI5 bugging smart TVs”. The Times, again on the front, had: “Thousands of CIA spy files posted on internet: British intelligence helped hack TVs and phones”. And the Mail: “How our spooks helped the CIA create ‘spy TVs’”.

David Williams-Mitchell

To ensure people cannot get on to the site in the first place. To have cameras, particularly surveillance cameras. Obviously, every institution is different, so there are different needs for different places.

John Penley - Asheville

For months now the NY Times and many other mainstream news sources has been running stories based on anonymous leaks saying that a massive investigation was going on into Trump and company's Russian dealings based on wiretaps and intel intercepts. Now Obama officials are saying this all never happened so my question is this: Why have the NY Times and others been saying it has for months now basing their stories on anonymous leaks?

Sean Spicer

The President's tweets speak for themselves. What he wants to do is ensure the House and Senate intelligence committees look into this matter to make sure the American people fully understand what may or may not have happened during the 2016 election.

Donald J. Trump

Don't let the FAKE NEWS tell you that there is big infighting in the Trump Admin. We are getting along great, and getting major things done! This will be investigated. It will all come out. I will be proven right.

Devin Nunes

One of the focus points of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation is the U.S. government's response to actions taken by Russian intelligence agents during the presidential campaign. As such, the committee will make inquiries into whether the government was conducting surveillance activities on any political party's campaign officials or surrogates, and we will continue to investigate this issue if the evidence warrants it.

Devin Nunes

At this point, we don't have any evidence of that. As you all know, the president is a neophyte in politics. And I think a lot of the things he says, you guys sometimes take literally. Sometimes he doesn't have 27 lawyers and staff looking at what he does … I don't think we should attack the president for tweeting.

John McCain

I think that the first thing has to happen, is the president should tell the American people where he got the information that the previous president of the United States was violating the law.

Dan Cassino

The call that Levin and other hosts have made is: we're not going to talk about areas of disagreement.

Sean Spicer

It's not a question of new proof or less proof or whatever, it's about bringing in Congress to get to the bottom of this.

Sean Spicer

I think depending on a lot of things you don't want to say we're going accept everything they do. We're going to let congress work its will. If we have a problem with any of the conclusions we'll let it be known. It could be FISA, it could be surveillance. I think [Trump] has made it clear that there's continued reports that's been out there. I'm not going to continue to - I think the president has made it clear yesterday that he wants Congress to go in and look at this.

David Pozen

This seems more ad hoc and personalized than the normal way in which presidents can push to get things out to public when they think would it be appropriate to do so. But it's also so vague what we're talking about that it's not clear there's any order from a FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court that conforms to what President Trump is describing.

Sarah de Lange

He is very skilled at projecting himself as someone who is not part of the establishment, who is outside politics, who is not tainted by traditional politics. The fact that he's been under police surveillance for more than a decade now helps him make that claim, because he does not participate in many of the traditional political events that take place.

Devin Nunes

The Committee will make inquiries into whether the government was conducting surveillance on any political party's campaign officials or surrogates. We will continue to investigate this issue if the evidence warrants it.

Donald J. Trump

How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!

Marco Rubio

I'm not sure what the genesis of that statement was. I'm not going to be a part of a witch hunt, but I'm also not going to be a part of a cover-up. Suffice it to say I don't have any basis – I've never heard that allegation made before by anybody. But again, the president put that out there, and now the White House will have to answer as to exactly what he was referring to.

James Clapper

I can't speak officially anymore, but I will say that for the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president the president elect at the time or as a candidate or against his campaign.

Josh Earnest

This may come as a surprise to the current occupant of the Oval Office, but the president of the United States does not have the authority to unilaterally order the wiretapping of American citizens. We know exactly why President Trump tweeted what he tweeted. There is one page in the Trump White House crisis management playbook, and that is simply to tweet or say something outrageous to distract from a scandal. And the bigger the scandal, the more outrageous the tweet.

Sean Spicer

President Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.

Nancy Pelosi

It's called a wrap-up smear. You make up something. Then you have the press write about it. And then you say, everybody is writing about this charge. It's a tool of an authoritarian.

James Clapper

I can deny it. Not to my knowledge. I can't speak for other authorized entities in the government or a state or local entity. We did not include anything in our report … that had any reflect of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. There was no evidence of that included in our report. We had no evidence of such collusion. Yes, I do.

James Clapper

Certainly the Russians have to be chortling about the success of their efforts to sow dissension in this country.

Luke A. Nichter

The Nixon tapes show that Nixon always thought that Johnson taped his 1968 campaign, and possibly Nixon himself. Nixon said that it was J. Edgar Hoover who told him this. However, based on the available records, the closest to wiretapping Nixon that L.B.J. ever came was monitoring the phone calls out of Spiro Agnew's campaign plane.

Donald J. Trump

"I think that President Obama is behind it, because his people are certainly behind it,"

Robert Dallek

He is either ignorant of recent presidential history or simply doesn't care.

Charles S. Haight Jr.

It is a historical fact that as the decades passed, one group or another came to be targeted by police surveillance activity.

Marco Rubio

Suffice it to say I don't have any basis – I've never heard that allegation made before by anybody. I've never seen anything about that anywhere before. But again, the president put that out there, and now the White House will have to answer as to exactly what he was referring to.

Sean Spicer

President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.

Donald J. Trump

If this happened … this is the largest abuse of power that, I think, we have ever seen.

Nancy Pelosi

The president is the deflector-in-chief, anything to change the subject from where the heat is, . We don't do that. It's called a wrap-up smear. You make up something. It's a tool of an authoritarian, to just have you always be talking about what you want them to be talking about. Rather than Russia, we're talking about, did President Obama do thus and so? He certainly did not.

James R. Clapper Jr.

There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time as a candidate or against his campaign.

Kevin Lewis

A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

Sean Spicer

Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The president believes that Jeff Sessions is a good man and that he didn't do anything wrong.

Mark W. Warner

This feels like an attempt where the president is trying to distract us by throwing out unsubstantiated information. To make that type of claim without any evidence is, I think, very reckless.

Tom Cotton

We're going to follow the facts wherever they lead us. And I'm sure that this matter will be a part of that inquiry. ''That doesn't mean that none of these things happened. It simply means I haven't seen that yet.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

If they're going to investigate Russia ties, let's include this as part of it. That's what we're asking.

Louise Mensch

The FISA warrant was granted in connection with the investigation of suspected activity between the server [in Trump Tower] and two banks, SVB Bank and Alfa Bank. However, it is thought in the intelligence community that the warrant covers any 'US person' connected to this investigation, and thus covers Donald Trump and at least three further men who have either formed part of his campaign or acted as his media surrogates.

James Clapper

Certainly the Russians have to be chortling about the success of their efforts to sew dissension in this country.

Ben Sasse

If it was with a legal FISA Court order, then an application for surveillance exists that the Court found credible.

Benjamin J. Rhodes

No president can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you.

Kevin Lewis

Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false. A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice.

Sean Spicer

Neither the White House nor the president will comment further until such oversight is conducted.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

If this happened, once again this would be the greatest abuse of power and overreach.

Kevin Lewis

A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

Lindsey Graham

I'm very worried that our president is suggesting that the former president has done something illegally.

Roger Stone

What the president doesn't understand is he has more power than he knows. He needs to clean house. Just clean house! Hand the pink slips to everybody. . . . Lock them out of their offices and tell the FBI to start going through their emails and phone messages.

Thomas J. Barrack Jr.

He's angry, and he thinks that the leaks – even forgetting the rhetoric on politics – are a significant problem that hurts the security of the country. He feels if he can't rely on his team, if he were negotiating with North Korea on something sensitive and death by a thousand leaks continued, he views that as really being disruptive to the security of America.

Ben Sasse

We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust, and the President's allegations today demand the thorough and dispassionate attention of serious patriots.

Matthew Waxman

Both criminal and foreign intelligence wiretaps have onerous and strict processes of approval that require not only multiple levels of internal Justice Department review, but also require court review and approval.

Donald J. Trump

I was tough on him, he was tough on me, and I like him, he likes me. I think he likes me. I mean, you're going to have to ask him, but I think he likes me. I think he is behind it. I think that President Obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it.

Donald J. Trump

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

Donald J. Trump

Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving [The Celebrity Apprentice], he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to a great show.

Bruce Green

It would obviously be improper for the government to seek wiretap authorization for partisan political purposes, rather than legitimate criminal investigative or national security purposes as set out in the application to the court. In prior administrations, if a President directed the Attorney General or another government lawyer to seek wiretap authorization for illegitimate reasons, the lawyer would have been expected to try to dissuade the President and, if the President persisted in giving this order, to refuse and/or resign.

Clint Watts

They deliberately withhold that because they don't want the president to get involved in an ongoing investigation. They play by a really strict rulebook at DoJ.

Bruce Green

An ethical government lawyer would be expected to disclose the President's involvement to the court, which could then be expected to deny authorization.

Bardis Vakili

I think they are trying to avoid transparency and engage in forms of surveillance. We don't know what's done other than it goes into their lab and is kept in a database.

Kevin Lewis

As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

Donald J. Trump

How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy! Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show.

Donald J. Trump

How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy! Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show.

Kevin Lewis

A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with an independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

Robert Costa - The Washington Post

Per an official, I've confirmed that several people at the White House have been circulating this Breitbart story.

Gwenda Blair

What took him so long? It's like muscle memory for him. Where's the opening, the little place he can lodge a dart where it's not going to be so easy to remove? It's not so easy for the Obama White House to comment where any sort of electronic surveillance is going on.

Donald J. Trump

Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving the Apprentice. He was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show.

Donald J. Trump

How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy! I think President Obama's behind it, because his people are certainly behind it. The first meeting Jeff Sessions had with the Russian [ambassador] was set up by the Obama Administration under education program for 100 [ambassadors]. Just out: the same Russian ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times last year alone.

Donald J. Trump

I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election! How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!

Paige More

It was this huge daunting feeling, because I was making this huge life decision and either choice was really going to change my life. Even if I choose to do the surveillance, I'm choosing to spend so much of my life in the doctor's office. It felt less like a surveillance and more like I was waiting to get cancer, and I've never been that person. I wanted to just tackle this thing for my life and my future.

Long Zhou

Cyberattacks, cyber espionage, surveillance have become major issues confronting all countries. Every country needs to decide on the balance between freedom and order and we have to respect how each country reaches that decision.

Peter Hotez

That was a clear indication that Zika is a really bad actor. This is causing a level of severe congenital birth defects associated with bad neurologic outcomes, even more than we previously believed. We know there are at least 300-plus documented cases in south Florida and south Texas, but again because we did not do active surveillance for Zika virus infection on the Gulf coast Texas or Florida where Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are, we still don't know what the consequences of the 2016 epidemic were.

Donald J. Trump

I think he is behind it. I also think it is politics, that's the way it is. I think that President Obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it. Sean Spicer is a fine human being, he's a fine person. I would have done it differently. I would have gone one-on-one with different people. But Sean handles it his way and I'm OK with it. In terms of achievement, I think I'd give myself an A. Because I think I've done great things. I think I've done great things but I don't think, I and my people, I don't think we've explained it well enough to the American public.

Alisa Khan

Our results suggest that whether we are talking about safety surveillance research or operational hospital quality improvement and safety tracking efforts, families should be included in safety reporting.

Juan C. Zarate

For Russia, this would be a win-win. It would signal warmer relations and some desire for greater cooperation with the new administration, but it would also no doubt stoke controversies and cases in the U.S. around the role of surveillance, the role of the U.S. intelligence community, and the future of privacy and civil liberties in an American context. All of that would perhaps be music to the ears of Putin.

Juan C. Zarate

For Russia, this would be a win-win. They've already extracted what they needed from Edward Snowden, in terms of information, and they've certainly used him to beat the United States over the head in terms of its surveillance and cyber activity. It would signal warmer relations and some desire for greater cooperation with the new administration, but it would also no doubt stoke controversies and cases in the U.S. around the role of surveillance, the role of the U.S. intelligence community, and the future of privacy and civil liberties in an American context.

Juan C. Zarate

I think this is one of those rare cases where the stakes are so high, the diplomatic implications so deep, that anything can happen. So this could be a secret diplomatic deal made in the dead of night, or it could be a weeks-in-formation deal with lawyers on all sides. I think at the end of the day, Moscow holds the cards here. For Russia, this would be a win-win. They've already extracted what they needed from Edward Snowden in terms of information and they've certainly used him to beat the United States over the head in terms of its surveillance and cyber activity.

Moxie Marlinspike

The U.S. surveillance infrastructure expanded greatly under Obama, and there are many people who feel uncomfortable or at risk with Trump inheriting control over the largest, most invasive, least accountable surveillance apparatus in history.

Christopher Schillaci

Knowing that 80 percent of all reported illnesses are either ST36 or ST631 has helped us to target our environmental surveillance efforts on strains that cause illness. We can go beyond looking at total Vibrio parahaemolyticus in the environment.

Yong Ho

I cannot confirm if the reports are true or not, but this kind of power struggle is quite normal in North Korean history. Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un's style of control is always one of collective surveillance that checks the power of each organization. ... Kim Jong Un has killed too many high officials and there are a lot of complaints and dissent amongst the high elite because of it. If the demotion of Kim Won Hong is really true, then that's another sign of a crack in the North Korean elite group.

Mainak Kar

Instead of active aggressive measures like armed patrol boats, electrical fences, a lot of equipment will be surveillance based just to know when and how people are coming in.

Ian Clarke

The prevalence of Zika is dropping, certainly in the Americas. The anticipation was that we would see a second wave, certainly in Brazil, and we haven't seen it. And we don't believe this is because we're not looking. There's a lot of surveillance ongoing. We should expect to see outbreaks. We saw it in Singapore, we will see it again.

Ian Clarke

The prevalence of Zika is dropping, certainly in the Americas. The anticipation was that we would see a second wave, certainly in Brazil and we haven't seen it. And we don't believe this is because we're not looking. There's a lot of surveillance ongoing. In a couple of other countries we're doing some quite intensive surveillance work, Tanzania and some others where we know there is the vector (the aedes aegypti mosquito), we know that there is chikungunya, so really looking to see if we can find Zika.

Iain Spittal

When we get things wrong, as we did here, we will say sorry and work to make things right.

Neil Macfarlane

There has been a culture of surveillance when it comes to journalists for a while now.

David Anderson

Every power that the police and the intelligence services use or want to use in this country, is now set out very clearly in black and white.

David Anderson

Intelligence should be focusing on the things that really are a threat to the public and to this country. Spying on things just because it's holding your government to account, that's heading down to a very dangerous route. More importantly the people who are the whistle-blowers are not going to have protections anymore. They are going to be fearful of contacting a journalist to blow the whistle on something they see going wrong, because they fear they're going to get caught.

Silkie Carlo

Our communications data, who we email, who we call, who we text and when, and all of our internet activity can be accessed for non serious crime purposes.

Silkie Carlo

There isn't even the need to identify the targets of surveillance powers. So police and intelligence agencies can hack a computer or hack thousands of computers, without needing to identify who the targets are. In addition, they don't have to notify the targets of surveillance after the conduct has taken place. Which means that there will be thousands of people that have been affected by surveillance, that might have had their private lives intruded on, their phones hacked, their calls intercepted, that don't know about it and that never will.

Susan L. Carney

We recognize at the same time that in many ways the [Stored Communications Act] has been left behind by technology. It is overdue for a congressional revision that would continue to protect privacy but would more effectively balance concerns of international comity with law enforcement needs and service provider obligations in the global context in which this case arose.

Brad Smith

We welcome today's decision. We need Congress to modernize the law both to keep people safe and ensure that governments everywhere respect each other's borders. This decision puts the focus where it belongs, on Congress passing a law for the future rather than litigation about an outdated statute from the past.

Dennis Jacobs

Privacy, which is a value or a state of mind, lacks location, let alone nationality. Territorially, it is nowhere. If I can access my emails from my phone, then in an important sense my emails are in my pocket, notwithstanding where my provider keeps its servers. But electronic data are not stored on disks in the way that books are stored on shelves or files in cabinets.

Ashley Gorski - American Civil Liberties Union

Microsoft "deserves credit for standing up for its users' rights in court in order to ensure that government demands for private information are justified and lawful.

Brad Smith

This decision puts the focus where it belongs, on Congress passing a law for the future rather than litigation about an outdated statute from the past.

Atholl Buchan - International Air Transport Association

In a few years, new systems and technology, if adopted universally by (air traffic control providers), will allow for global surveillance coverage.

Gennady Gudkov

This surveillance is in violation of the constitution. This information is then given to certain media outlets and then the rumor mill starts.

Jennifer Lynch - Electronic Frontier Foundation

We should not normalize this sort of surveillance, but should actually examine it every time it comes up.

Ben Wizner

The report wholly ignores Snowden's repeated and courageous criticism of Russian surveillance and censorship laws. It combines demonstrable falsehoods with deceptive inferences to paint an entirely fictional portrait of an American whistleblower.

Aaron L. Connelly

The Chinese have regularly tested new U.S. administrations when it comes to surveillance; it happened in 2001 and 2009. The data gleaned from this surveillance makes it easier for the U.S. navy to detect Chinese submarines and that's been one of Beijing's regular gripes about U.S. sea power in the area.

Aaron L. Connelly

That would have been a very oblique way to make that point as nothing about the drone had anything to do with Taiwan, so I suspect its primarily about surveillance activities. Previous harassment of U.S. navy ships occurred much closer to the Chinese mainland but this incident took place as about 600 kilometers away, and it was even outside the Chinese nine-dash line, which Beijing has used to claim much of the South China Sea.

Ben Wizner

The House committee spent three years and millions of dollars in a failed attempt to discredit Edward Snowden, whose actions led to the most significant intelligence reforms in a generation. The report wholly ignores Snowden's repeated and courageous criticism of Russian surveillance and censorship laws. It combines demonstrable falsehoods with deceptive inferences to paint an entirely fictional portrait of an American whistleblower.

Rainer Wendt

From a manpower perspective it would ... be unimaginable to keep all potential threats under police surveillance round the clock.

Zhang Huang

As soon as an underwater drone enters our waters for close in surveillance, it may be used to collect all sorts of information about submarine routes for our navy, seriously threatening our naval security.

Dan Gillmor

Your next hotel room will be pre-equipped with audio surveillance.

Adam Pritchard

If you knew about the tweets beforehand, that would be insider trading. You could make small sums of money, I suppose, but if you are buying in large enough volume to move the market or make a lot of money, that would be enough to alert the surveillance units of the exchanges.

Angie Spencer

We're under constant surveillance with helicopters and planes flying over. There is a military boundary with barbed wire.

Paul Milligan

It is important now to strengthen national surveillance systems so we can define the regions where expanding the age range for SMC would have the greatest benefit.

Kanathip Thongraweewong

These laws are aimed at controlling online media, accessing personal data, and when the Cyber Security bill is passed, mass surveillance is a real threat.

Anthony D. Romero - American Civil Liberties Union

These positions and others merit serious public scrutiny through a confirmation process. His positions on mass surveillance have been rejected by federal courts and have been the subject of several lawsuits filed by the ACLU.

Adam Schiff

Mike is very bright and hard-working and will devote himself to helping the agency develop the best possible intelligence for policy makers. While we have had our share of strong differences - principally on the politicization of the tragedy in Benghazi - I know that he is someone who is willing to listen and engage, both key qualities in a CIA director.

Steven Aftergood

The range of unilateral presidential authority is astonishingly broad. If you look at the presidential policy directives issued by Obama, they cover topics as diverse as biological weapons, nuclear weapons policy, intelligence surveillance policy, cyber operations, maritime security, arms-transfer policy, and on and on. And because it is based on presidential authority, it can also be revised and reshaped by a new president.

Stephen Vladeck

Although the more visible executive orders on national security involved closing Guantanamo and ending torture, the far more significant internal constraints adopted by the Obama administration involved targeted killing and surveillance – two contexts in which the government embraced limits on its authority that were far more significant than those imposed by Congress or the Constitution, especially as applied to non-citizens overseas.

Ryan Calo

I think the relationship between the Trump administration and the Republicans will be interesting. A congressman like Justin Amash is going to be just as vehement about the need for citizen privacy as he was under Obama.

Ryan Calo

It's very difficult for the public to resist surveillance that they don't know about.

Elizabeth Goitein

This is a person who does not suffer criticism particularly well, and holds grudges against political enemies. One of the things we saw when we had unfettered intelligence agencies in the past, like J. Edgar Hoover's FBI, was surveillance and harassment of political enemies. I certainly think that's something we need to be on the lookout for.

Elizabeth Goitein

It's very much within the authority of the president to make changes there. There could be a significant expansion of those activities without the public having any knowledge of it.

Seth Berkley

We need strong commitments from countries and partners to boost routine immunization coverage and to strengthen surveillance systems.

Eriksen Soereide

Given our geographical vicinity and common challenges in connection to the strategic situation in the North Atlantic, we are well positioned for future cooperation in maritime surveillance. The continuation of capacity for surveillance and anti-submarine operations are important for NATO and close allies.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

One of the mass surveillance programs that he disclosed–by handing over the information that he did–was ruled unconstitutional and illegal by a Federal court and for the first time in decades there was a law passed that reformed the intelligence community's surveillance abilities.

Hank Thomas

I imagine (Trump) is going to be a guy who is probably going to mandate back doors. I don't think he's ultimately going to be a friend to privacy, and the fearful side of me says he will get intelligence agencies more involved in domestic law enforcement.

Elizabeth Goitein

You always have to ask yourself, can you trust the next administration, and the one after that? And now there is a reckoning. Are people comfortable with a president Trump that has quite broad powers to conduct surveillance on Americans who are not suspected of any wrongdoing?

Dick Lee

This is a good opportunity. For these surveillance products, the demand on their security is the most important.

Dick Lee

To be honest, in the past, hacking and discovering such matters was not an issue for AV Tech. This experience has significantly raised our alert level internally. This is something that those in the surveillance equipment business must face seriously.

Robert Hewson - Saab

The situation here is obviously concentrating people's minds. So we have found a lot of interest in people talking to us about our radar products, our airborne surveillance products, because they need to be able to extend their horizons.

Thomas Sporkin

Doing surveillance for insider trading today -- it's like we're in the early days of the automobile. What the consolidated audit trail will provide is the future. It's the flying car.

Nathan Wessler

He "doesn't know for sure whether law enforcement or the landowner is using technology that could surveil or interfere with phone networks, but we have heard from some activists on the ground who have said their phones are behaving strangely.

Marilyn Fox

We don't know what it does. Some posts have been blocked from being posted on Facebook. Some live feeds have been disrupted. I know one woman's phone completely crashed while she was at the front line and it doesn't work anymore. She had valuable videos on her phone.

Kyle Kirchmeier

The Morton County Sheriff's Department is not and does not follow Facebook check-ins for the protest camp or any location.

Marilyn Fox

It's almost as if they've figured out that's how we're getting the word out about what's going - about what's truly going on here. So they're doing their best to prevent that from happening, because they know the truth isn't being spoken about on local media.

Bill Nosal

We haven't really let the machines loose, as it were, on the surveillance side.

Joannie Lortet-Tieulent

Increasing tobacco control funding, implementing innovative new strategies, and strengthening tobacco control policies and programs all contribute to increase smoking cessation and avoiding smoking initiation. For example, California, Hawaii and 145 smaller localities have increased the tobacco sales age to 21 years. Likewise, communities across the US have passed laws that limit or prohibit smoking in multifamily housing.

Joannie Lortet-Tieulent

The risk of lung cancer death gradually reduces after smoking cessation but does not reach to the level among never smokers. Nearly all the excess risk of death from lung cancer can be avoided if a smoker quits smoking before the age of 40 years.

Joannie Lortet-Tieulent

We knew that some states have higher tobacco control and higher funding for anti-smoking programs than others, but we did not anticipate that would be a doubling between the state with the lowest fraction and the highest fraction of smoking-attributable cancer death.

Tom Beall

It's alleged the defendants conducted surveillance to size up potential targets. They stockpiled firearms, ammunition and explosive components. They even prepared a manifesto describing their beliefs to be published after the bombing.

Margaret Chan - World Health Organization

Is this weak surveillance, an indication of population-wide immunity, or proof that the virus has somehow acquired greater epidemic potential?

Donald R. Sullivan

Surprisingly, depression remission was associated with a mortality benefit as they had the same mortality as never-depressed patients. This study cannot prove causation - but it lends support to the idea that surveillance for depression symptoms and treatment for depression could provide significant impact on patient outcomes, perhaps even a mortality benefit.

Wim Zwijnenburg

You already see things happening in Ukraine, gangs in Mexico are using drones, and in Ireland, gangs there are using surveillance. Add a small amount of explosives to a small drone, and even the psychological factor is pretty significant.

Samia Maktouf

Salah Abdeslam is refusing to cooperate. The video surveillance is just a pretext.

Phil Harris - Geofeedia

That said, we understand, given the ever-changing nature of digital technology, that we must continue to work to build on these critical protections of civil rights.

Matt Cagle

Posts on social media platforms can reveal information about our location, our religion, the people we associate with. Users of social media websites do not expect or want the government to be monitoring this information. And users should not be at risk of being branded a risk to public safety simply for speaking their mind on social media.

Matt Cagle

These platforms should be doing more to protect the free speech rights of activists of color. When they open their feeds to companies that market surveillance products, they risk putting their users in harm's way.

Ron Wyden

Recent reports of a mass email scanning program have alleged that federal law is being interpreted in ways that many Americans would find surprising and troubling. The USA Freedom Act requires the executive branch to declassify Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinions that involve novel interpretations of laws or the Constitution and I certainly expect the executive branch to follow this law.

Yoshihide Suga

The government is taking all possible measures in gathering information, exercising vigilance and taking surveillance activities to be able to respond to any situations.

John Kirby

We are extremely troubled by the way our employees have been treated over the past couple of years and we've raised those concerns at the highest levels. Harassment and surveillance of our diplomatic personnel in Moscow by security personnel and by traffic police have increased significantly and we find this absolutely unacceptable.

Christopher Grundler

It is not enough to have sound standards and sound test procedures. How they are implemented in practice and the market surveillance aspects are also very, very important ... that is the main challenge.

Guy Parmelin

The new law gives Switzerland modern tools to respond to current threats. For example dealing with the fight against terrorism, against espionage, attacks on sensitive infrastructure or to fight against trafficking with chemical or biological weapons.

Malkia A. Cyril

(We need) to build the legislative power of local communities to prevent high-tech racial profiling and policing from turning our neighborhoods into open-air prisons.

Dario Tarchi - Joint Research Centre

We are experimenting with this alliance between platforms and sensors to help our capacity to spot and rescue the small boats with immigrants that cross the Mediterranean Sea. It is basically an attempt to combine a relatively new platform with old technologies to obtain something efficient, reliable, low-cost and easily-managed for maritime surveillance.

Oliver Stone

It affects you, your generation, the coming generation above all and the dangers to your privacy and to the world in general because this whole.. what he talks about in the movie, beyond is cyber warfare, beyond mass surveillance is cyber warfare which is a form of… another form of electronic warfare, that's very serious.

Juliette Kayyem

The gap is essentially when mail is sent to the United States from foreign countries; if it's of a certain weight, it doesn't go through normal cargo surveillance like the mail that is sent through private mailing services such as UPS and FedEx.

T.J. Smith

The only people that should be nervous and fearful are the criminals.

T.J. Smith

The airplane is generally worthless without the ability to work with cameras on the ground.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

As per the extradition agreement between the U.S. and Turkey, these types of people should at least be detained, arrested and kept under surveillance. Yet that individual is still directing his terrorist organization from his whereabouts. He has schools, businesses and associations in 170 countries. He continues managing them. Many members of the media are interviewing them.

Ai Weiwei

There are two surveillance cameras at my gate entrance, my phone is tapped and every message I send on my microblog is censored by them. Obviously I am not free.

Steve Huard - Department of Health

At this point, it's a single case. It's a one off. We don't know where it originated, and we are doing appropriate testing and medical surveillance.

Ryan Lochte

I don't know why. It was still hours after the incident happened. I was still intoxicated. I'm not making an excuse, I'm not doing that at all, and I shouldn't have said that. I over-exaggerated that part, and the gun was drawn but not at my forehead. It was towards my general direction as you can see in the surveillance video.

Stephen Davis

Ultimately at any private facility, whether it's a religious institution, a school or a consulate, the physical security of the site is really the prime responsibility of site management.

Linda Sarsour

For our community we are also a target of police surveillance. It's a difficult predicament to be in as a Muslim community right now.

Sunai Phasuk - Human Rights Watch

The idea is very disturbing, given Thai authorities' reckless and arbitrary use of security charges. Steps will have to be established to prevent the misuse of surveillance.

Mevlut Cavusoglu

On August 6, on the night from Friday to Saturday they embarked on a ferry from Igoumenitsa with their families and private cars and sailed to Italy. All the surveillance cameras on the border were examined upon our request and Greek authorities have confirmed this.

Stephen Prior

It's basically a virtual mast, so you could imagine surveillance operations, rescue missions at sea or on land, surveillance of large complexes like nuclear power stations.

François Heisbourg - The International Institute for Strategic Studies

A state of emergency is intrinsically a bad idea, because it simply pushes the terrorists into deeper cover, clandestinity. They adapt quite well to states of emergency. Surveillance, yes, but we should not kid ourselves. The only way to try to preempt the sorts of things which happened in France or in Germany very recently, or in Belgium, will require much more massive surveillance of society in general, and not simply of would be perpetrators.

Adel Kermiche

He was therefore placed in provisional detention until 18 March 2016 on which date the anti-terrorist judge ordered that he be placed under judicial control in the framework of a house arrest under electronic surveillance with a certain number of obligations.

Khadine Bennett - American Civil Liberties Union

Given the prevalence of these devices and our reliance on the technology daily in today's society, cell site simulator technology [is] too powerful to remain unregulated. The federal government has adopted modest guidelines similar to those enacted today. If the restrictions are good enough for the FBI, they should be workable for local law enforcement in Illinois.

Peter Hotez

The best way to do this is to undertake programs of active surveillance, where you are going into community health centers and clinics and in everybody who has a fever and a rash you are taking a blood sample and testing it for Zika.

Susan Collins

That would allow the FBI to put the individual under surveillance or take other appropriate action it deems necessary.

Ron Wyden

This is a dramatic expansion of the government's hacking and surveillance authority. Such a substantive change with an enormous impact on Americans' constitutional rights should be debated by Congress, not maneuvered through an obscure bureaucratic process. Unless Congress acts before December 1, Americans' security and privacy will be thrown out the window and hacking victims will find themselves hacked again - this time by their own government.

Luc Rooijakkers - Fancom

Now for instance we can see that the birds are moving really fast. What's happening we don't know. We are now very close to the door of the (hen) house, so maybe they just hear us talking a little bit too much and they are scaring away.

Twan Colberts

So I can find solutions faster and in more efficient ways, without me being constantly here, checking each animal.

Daniel Berckmans

One of the big next steps is to bring internet to all farms in Europe. We are still far away from that.

John Verhoijsen

With the cough monitoring system, their health is checked 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So I can be more reactive in eventually limiting the spread of disease.

Sebastian Pietrasanta

The November 13 attack came mainly from French speaking Belgians. Faced with this challenge we questioned how the terrorists found their way into French territory. They were all known and recorded and some were under surveillance.

Yuka Sasaki

When you sleep in a new place for the first time, a part of one side of the brain seems to stay awake for surveillance purposes, so you could wake up faster if necessary.

Nikola Gruevski

It is against what we stand for. Those who have done something criminal should answer for it.

Mohamed Hanafi

The service was offered free of charge to the consumer, and the national telecommunications regulator saw the service as harmful to companies and their competitors.

Donald J. Trump

You need surveillance. You have to deal with the mosques, whether we like it or not. I mean, you know, these attacks aren't coming out of – they're not done by Swedish people, that I can tell you.

Shinzo Abe

Japan strongly demands North Korea to exercise self-restraint and will take all necessary measures, such as warning and surveillance activity, to be able to respond to any situations.

Peter Eckersley - Electronic Frontier Foundation

The F.B.I. and the Justice Department are just choosing the exact circumstance to pick the fight that looks the best for them. They're waiting for the case that makes the demand look reasonable.

Osama bin Laden

You must keep in mind the possibility, however, slight, that journalists can be under surveillance that neither we nor they can perceive, either on the ground or via satellite.

Sarah Sorscher - Public Citizen

The FDA unacceptably puts patients at risk by allowing the device to continue to be marketed as this surveillance study proceeds.

Lance James - NBC News

There is no threat to mass surveillance here. It was a reasonable search warrant request no different than a warrant to the free webmail services or Facebooks asking for data. You're not giving them your keys to all your data, you're only giving them the very specific data of the account that was requested.

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin

We have concerns on the transfer regarding the scope of surveillance and particularly the remedies. The question is whether the (new) arrangement answers these concerns or not.

Tarik Jasarevic - World Health Organization

Sierra Leone was already in their period of heightened surveillance, and this case has been detected very rapidly, it's now a priority to do all necessary research for possible contacts, also to try to understand how this person was infected. Again this really reminds us that we have to stay vigilant, we have to keep capacities at place so we can respond to any future possible cases.

Ahmet Davutoglu

This individual was not somebody under surveillance. He entered Turkey normally, as a refugee, as someone looking for shelter.

Jeff Davis - Navy

What we are looking at is, this has been in existence for 30 years and the mission has remained largely unchanged. What we want to be able to do is look at the core things that that mission provides and see how we can leverage modern technologies, remote surveillance capabilities, etc., to be able to carry out that mission.

Ernest Bai Koroma

I fully endorse the WHO recommendations for enhanced surveillance to continue in Sierra Leone for the next 90 days.

Benjamin Netanyahu

We welcome increased coordination between the Israeli authorities and the Jordanian Waqf, including to ensure that visitors and worshippers demonstrate restraint and respect for the sanctity of the area.

François Bonnet

While the US wants to protect itself with incredibly sophisticated surveillance systems, the first lesson is that these systems can't truly protect them. The second lesson is that these systems are destroying America's reputation as a democratic power.

François Bonnet

Alas no (we haven't published everything). These are important documents which I think tell very different stories of surveillance and espionage. We are going to publish them in several parts so that we can have enough time – each time – to analyse the exact scope of these documents.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

The French people have a right to know their elected government is subject to hostile surveillance.

Laurent Fabius

We ask for the reinforcement of the OSCE special monitoring mission. We ask all sides involved to completely cooperate with the OSCE to allow this organisation to fulfil its mandate, especially with regard to the surveillance and verification of the withdrawal of heavy weapons.

Franco Frattini

We've been leading the way in the fight against organised crime and the mafia. So anything needed to fight that, wiretaps included, won't be touched or reduced. But it's something completely different to spread news that should remain private.

Pier Luigi Bersani

The demands of the right-wing for the elimination of wiretapping abuse and the subsequent spread of it is turning out to be a ruling that damages inquiries and puts a gag on the media, which is something we haven't seen in any democratic country.

Viet Dinh

We had a system of wiretap authorisations that were first enacted in 1968. The USA Patriot Act ensured that law enforcement's authorisation kept up to speed with the technology.

Piero Sansonetti

The frequent use of confidence votes reduces the function of parliament. For the past 30 years its power has hardy existed at all. There are now two holders of power instead of three: the government and the judiciary fighting against each other. The role of parliament has almost vanished due to the confidence votes.

Jérémie Zimmermann

Their technological and economic models are based on the maximum data collection globally. This centralisation of data forms the pillar of mass surveillance.

Sergio Carrera

Perhaps the more important lesson is how free the intelligence services in the US and the EU are to do whatever they like. I think it's very important to look at way how to bolster scrutiny of intelligence services and surveillance of citizens which at the moment is very much open and subject to very diverse legal settings.

Anne Devineaux

Is it still possible to protect our privacy in the digital age? Edward Snowden's revelations about the extent of US cyber surveillance has sent shockwaves across Europe. All our internet activity is monitored and stored by states and private companies.

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

Restoring confidence in the Egyptian national currency it closely dependent upon political stability, security, and the government's package of reform measures. They include such things a market surveillance and import controls all so that the Egyptian pound can eventually recover.

George Little

The United States has communicated to the Iranians that we will continue to conduct surveillance flights over international waters over the Arabian Gulf, consistent with long-standing practice and our commitment to the security of the region.

Angela Merkel

We can't imagine offering a participation of ground troops, However, there are things where we can contribute if asked: logistical support, air transport, surveillance.

Olli Rehn

There has been a big, big change among the member states in their attitudes on this particular issue and I find that reinforcing preventive budgetary surveillance is really at the heart of economic governance. What is legitimate to expect is that the Commission can analyse and the finance ministers and the eurogroup can peer review the national budgets in terms of broader budgetary guidelines and fiscal balance before they are finalised.

Mohammad Javad Larijani

Well, they are under surveillance and the dossiers against them are being compiled. In fact the government and establishment wants to play with them with soft hands. It is not in the interests of such a great nation with confidence in its power to treat their mistake with the maximum penalty. The system wants to try them with minimum penalty.

Xiaogang Wang

We trying to develop a computation model to try to detect and check and analyse the behaviour of a crowd and predict potential crowd disasters. But the traditional way, video surveillance, they only focus on a small number of objects in a very simple environment. But now we target thousands of objects in very complex environments.

Keiji Fukuda - World Health Organization

It's critical that we continue to maintain and strengthen our alertness and surveillance. We have concerns about the infection travelling to the southern hemisphere because that part of the world will be heading into the winter months.

Christian Etelin

He had been kept under surveillance because he went to Afghanistan. But he came back and behaved like someone completely sane, not at all crazy. He didn't give the impression of being fanatical.

Fernando Vallespin

The economic crisis in Spain tore away at trust in politics, not only in the politicians but in the institutions. These have to be brought up to date. All that has had an impact on the crown, of course – and especially certain aspects of it, such as wanting more openness, a crown more attentive to the people's needs, and, above all, a crown under budgetary surveillance by the other institutions of state, such as parliament.

Francois Hollande

The fight against terrorism also means we have to take all precautionary measures neccesary here in France. I have asked the Prime Minister to reinforce France's national security alert system, and to establish surveillance of public buildings and transport infrastructure.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

They even leaked a national security meeting. This is villainous, this is dishonesty. Who are you serving by doing audio surveillance of such an important meeting?

Jose Manuel Barroso - European Commission

It's important to understand that this Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership can be a real transformation in the global economic scenario, because our relationship is the biggest by far in terms of trade and investment. There were and there are some concerns, the issue of surveillance by American agencies, of course, is a very serious issue and we have expressed to our American partners our concerns in a very firm and convincing way. But we are also addressing this through dialogue.

Tobias Eggendorfer

You can imagine data transfer best by comparing it to the work of the post office. We send data packets through the internet and then they pass different stations. But in contrast to a package at the post our data package is unpacked. That means everyone can have a look inside. And if the secret service sits between these stations he also can look inside.

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

We have agreed on the need to put in place – and we will work on it – a permanent crisis mechanism. Not a mechanism of permanent crisis, but a permanent mechanism for the crisis because we have detected weaknesses in our surveillance system and in our arsenal of tools and therefore we will work on eliminating this weakness.

Peter Wittig

Over the past month, reports about mass surveillance of private communication and the collection of personal data have alarmed people all over the world. They ask a legitimate question. Is their right to privacy still protected effectively in our digital world?

Anibal Cavaco Silva

The time has come to rethink the Troika, its composition and role in implementing the bailouts. It is my personal opinion that the task should be left to European institutions in design, surveillance and adjustments, because the objectives of the EU are very different from those of the IMF.

Olli Rehn

We are reinforcing economic governance, we are reinforcing economic policy coordination, and preventive budgetary surveillance.

Osamu Fujimura

Through high-level diplomatic channels, we are strongly urging China to keep the surveillance ships away from our territorial waters and to leave the area immediately.

Stefan Grobe - Euronews

What came out of Angela Merkel's visit to Washington was the willingness of Germany and the United States to work even closer together on issues like Ukraine, TTIP and surveillance. A challenging agenda given the most recent problems.

Jean Francois Saluzzo

As far as its transmission to humans is concerned, the phenomenon is of no consequence because we have very efficient surveillance procedures here in Europe. There are plenty of cats in China and Vietnam which must also have died of the virus. We haven't heard of these cases simply because the measures taken are often inadequate.

Eva Yeshewitz

Every day we risk this kind of thing. The ambulance drivers, the medical staff – they're the ones who are paying the price with their lives to evacuate people when there are F-16s and surveillance planes and Apaches going around and shooting at people, killing civilians and terrorising the whole population. These people are heroes.

Yoshihide Suga

We are carrying out surveillance activity as before. We have no plans to change what we are doing out of consideration to China.

Richard Thomas

As our privacy becomes more and more invaded, as the information is linked together, do we really want everyone knowing exactly what we're doing? We'll lose our right to anonymity, we'll lose our personal integrity.

Andrea Vitek

According to the court's findings, preparations for an explosives attack were relatively advanced. A detonator had been built and it was probably only because of police surveillance already in progress that an attack was prevented.

Sabine Thabert - Solvay

It was a challenge to build a compact refueling station. We needed a station that could easily be installed anywhere where we have access to a hydrogen source. And we had to ensure that safety measures were respected, and embed a security system allowing remote surveillance. That was the main challenge of this project.

Barack Obama

I will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining our Constitution and our freedom. That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. That is not who we are.

Andreas Schiebel

Customers divide actually into civilian industrial security applications like pipeline security and so forth, all the way to governmental military like border security and general reconnaissance and surveillance.

Claude Moraes

Trust has to be rebuilt. We need to figure out why this kind of mass surveillance activity is happening and what kind of trust needs to be rebuilt.

Mousa Ahmad

There were maybe five outside, ten police inside, you know. I asked him 'what happened?' He told me 'this is just routine' and I said 'routine for what?

Sylvia Maurer

That's good news for consumers because the old Toy Safety Directive dated from 1988 and it was completely outdated and not able to cope any more with the new challenges that toys pose today to health and the environment. There are a couple of very good improvements: for instance, national member states' authorities have more competences and powers to do market surveillance.

Barack Obama

We can and must be more transparent. To other around the world, I wanna make clear – once again – that America is not interested in spying on ordinary people. Our intelligence is focused above all on finding the information that is necessary to protect our people and in many cases to protect our allies.

Jen Psaki

The President has directed us to review, directed the government to review our surveillance activities, including with respect to our foreign partners. We wanted to be sure we're collecting information because we need it and not just because we can. Going forward, we will, of course continue to gather the information we need to keep ourselves and our allies safe.

François Fillon

Today we've deployed police at Roissy to do the job of security and surveillance work. Everyone must understand that we cannot take passengers hostage during the Christmas season, it's just unacceptable.

Jan Egeland - United Nations

Oh I mean there are many, many of the old issues like even torture extra judicial executions are still with us. We are now seeing the dramas of Algeria, of Mali and especially in the war of Syria unfolding. The new generation of human rights battles to a large degree is around the freedom o information, the internet. The internet is a great tool for opening up societies opening up dictatorships but it is also a place for surveillance for spreading false accusations and hate so I think in the battle for information and the battle for our minds is one of the future battlefields where our values human rights international law has to be defended.

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