NEW YORK — President Barack Obama said Thursday he has called for greater disclosure of NSA documents related to the NSA’s PRISM program and said he is “disappointed” with the court decision.
The president called for “full transparency” and said his administration “is disappointed with the Court’s decision to stay the order that stopped PRISM.”
The president also said the administration will be seeking review of the court’s decision by the Supreme Court.
“I have called for full transparency,” Obama said at a news conference.
“We are disappointed that this order has been stayed.
We will seek to get full disclosure.”
He said he believes the court “should have allowed the government to continue to gather this information.”
“The government has a right to collect this information.
They have a right under the Constitution to do so,” Obama added.
The court ruling Thursday struck down a temporary restraining order issued by a federal judge in California that had barred the National Security Agency from collecting data from internet companies that use their servers to connect to the government’s PRISMA data collection program.
The judge in the case had argued the government had not demonstrated a reasonable expectation of privacy in its collection of the data.