SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi got caught in the middle of the raging national debate about electronic surveillance when she made an appearance at the annual Netroots Nation political conference in her home state of California.
The Democrat who was the first woman speaker of the House of Representatives has disappointed some of her liberal base with her defense of the Obama administration's classified surveillance of U.S. residents' phone and Internet records.
Some of the activists attending the annual the conference on Saturday booed and interrupted the San Francisco congresswoman when she commented on the surveillance programs. That's according to the San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/19fB6U4 ).
The boos came when Pelosi said that admitted leaker Edward Snowden had violated the law and that the government needed to strike a balance between security and privacy.
As she was attempting to argue that Obama's approach to citizen surveillance was an improvement over the policies under President George W. Bush, an activist, identified by the Mercury News as Mac Perkel of Gilroy, stood up and tried loudly to question her, prompting security guards to escort him out of the convention hall.