Former VP Al Gore Calls NSA Secret Blanket Surveillance “Obscenely Outrageous”

Tweet of the Day: Former Vice President Al Gore is seething about the NSA spying on Verizon customers’ with a secret court order for daily records, calling the practice “Obscenely outrageous.”

This comes as the White House is defending the actions of the NSA, calling such information “a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats.” This is a throwback to the Bush Administration.

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

  

Author: JANET SHAN

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  1. Are we a police state now ??!!
    Such a flagrant invasion of privacy cannot possibly be defended…or allowed. Bush began this with the authorization of the NSA to check phone records of suspected terrorists. Are they telling us there are several millions of suspected terrorists throughout the US?
    It was overboard with Bush perhaps, but has been allowed to continue under Obama. This is a violation of the 4th amendment I think and the people need to speak out. If Bush set a monster in motion that took on a life of it’s own than Obama needs to cut it off at the knees…now!

  2. SheKnows — We have the Patriot Act and Osama bin Laden to thank for this intrusion. Sen. Dianne Feinstein made that clear this morning when she and Saxby Chambliss defended the widespread monitoring. We are truly living in a “Big Brother” era. Don’t quite know what to really make of this, but I don’t like it.

  3. FUNNY Janet, Senators defended it back in 2006 with GWB too!

    If they are defending the principle of monitoring SUSPECTED terrorists I can understand it. Defending the unchecked,widespread surveillance of millions is unconstitutional AND insane…not to mention astronomically expensive. ( Your tax dollars at work??)…I don’t think so!!

    As for “Big Brother”, I remember hearing YEARS ago that if you even the the word bomb, or mentioned Al Quaida, or any number of supposed “key” words, your computer and phone would be monitored by the government. I laughed at that then. Now I am not laughing.

  4. I’m laughing, not because of this intrusion, but because that Bush was so powerful and his actions so long lasting that 4+ years of goodness and light from Saint Obama is not strong enough to produce anything but pretty speeches.
    LOL.

  5. You just don’t understand dduck. Since Congress hasn’t passed laws expressly forbidding Obama to do things like this, it’s not Obama’s fault when he does them.

  6. Yep.

  7. dd..neither of you guys seem to get it. This is not about Obama…or even Bush. It is about violation of our civil liberties.
    As much as you would like to narrow it down to keep your thinking on the simplistic terms of them vs us…it is much greater than that. Bush authorized this and it was violation then. Obama continues it, and it is a violation now. There are many senators on both sides of the aisle that seem to think that surveillance of this type of all American citizens is ok.
    Houston…we have a problem.
    I sincerly hope that now that it is out in the open, there will be several organizations acting to change this.

  8. sheknows, I left the Republican party largely because of the way they trampled on individual rights. I think I am being very consistent, blaming Bush when he was president and Obama when he is president. I just find it very humorous to see some of the same people who used to be up in arms about this sort of things now doing contortions to point fingers elsewhere.

  9. Goat..well, I don’t know who they would be since no one was aware of the magnitude of this intrusion, and then when officials on both sides of the aisle were challenged on it, they were mute or defended this practice.
    I am sure in the coming days we will hear more.

  10. sheknows I will say it a different way. You said:

    This is not about Obama…or even Bush. It is about violation of our civil liberties.

    To me, this is about both Bush and Obama violating our civil liberties. You’re right more will come out, but it looks like this started on Bush’s watch then Obama continued it. Hopefully this is an issue both liberals and conservatives can get behind and say this isn’t acceptable.

  11. SK, I do get it, but I won’t insult your intelligence by saying you don’t get it.
    Let me make my position clear, DG has already voiced his opinion, THEY ALL BS US and when a president, including St. Obama, gives pretty speeches it don’t mean squat, they do what they have to do to get elected and get their acolytes jobs and then do whatever they want unless the press and the other party reins them in a little.

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