President Obama Who Used To Rail Against Warrantless Wiretaps To Get Elected Now Defends Practice

June 6, 2013 1:09 pmViews: 2316

Obama defends NSA spying

If we go back to the election of 2008 and look at the Barack Obama who wanted desperately to get elected, we see a much different person that we do today. Actually, he probably isn't any different in his beliefs, he, as most politicians do, just said the things the mind numbed zombies who would vote for him wanted to hear. Despite Barack Obama vilifying George W Bush and Dick Cheney for warrantless wiretaps under their administration, which is essentially spying on Americans, today's Barack Obama is all for them.

The President's official talking point on the secret court order signed into law this past April approving these rather intrusive measures is that this kind of spying is, "a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the United States." In reality however, the latest court order is directed specifically at Americans and excludes those outside the United States.

Read more on the changing view and broken words of one of the bedrock campaign promises of candidate Barack Obama vs President Barack Obama from The Guardian below:

The White House has sought to justify its surveillance of millions of Americans' phone records as anger grows over revelations that a secret court order gives the National Security Agency blanket authority to collect call data from a major phone carrier.

Politicians and civil liberties campaigners described the disclosures, revealed by the Guardian on Wednesday, as the most sweeping intrusion into private data they had ever seen by the US government.

But the Obama administration, while declining to comment on the specific order, said the practice was "a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the United States".

The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19.

Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.

The disclosure has reignited longstanding debates in the US over the proper extent of the government's domestic spying powers.

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