I agree with all of the above. But aren't you a tad harsh to Obama? Did he implement the programme? No. Did he continue and expand it? Yes. And for that he deserves reproach. But again, don't focus on your country only. Do you think we don't do it here? We are at the moment building, as I said the other day, a HUGE installation on the outskirts of Ottawa whose sole purpose will be to intercept foreign communications only.(suuuuure) It is double in size to the building we presently now have doing that and which was inaugurated less than 10 years ago. Need for more surveillance? Exactly. You might want to check out France, UK, Germany, Australia, and so many others. And don't forget Russia and your biggest trading partner, China.Jacques,
A government can write, pass and implement any laws it wants.
But when it does so in secret to justify spying on innocent citizens without probable cause and under the color of law, that government ceases to be a government of the people, for the people, and by the people.
The NSA spy scandal is a very serious blow to civil liberties and will dog President Obama for for time eternity.
Yes, the US spies on its citizens. And it's wrong. But, they are in good, or is that bad, company.