Survey Shows Dems Who Opposed Bush Administration Spying Approve Obama Using Same Tactics

Survey Shows Dems Who Opposed Bush Administration Spying Approve Obama Using Same Tactics
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New data collected by polls shows that the amount of Democrats who disproved of George W. Bush’s spying techniques now approve of similar tactics executed by the Obama administration.

Back in 2006, 61% of Democrats opposed the NSA’s methods of collecting personal information. 51% of Democrats opposed the idea of the government monitoring emails to track terrorists.

Yet under the rule of a Democratic President in 2013, 64% of Democrats support the NSA’s PRISM spying initiative.

One speech from 2006 will show how even President Obama himself has unquestionably changed his opinion on these controversial methods of ensuring national security:

“President Bush is not above the law. No President is above the law. … Americans fought a Revolution in part over the right to be free from unreasonable searches–to ensure that our Government could not come knocking in the middle of the night for no reason. We need to find a way forward to make sure we can stop terrorists while protecting the privacy and liberty of innocent Americans. We have to find a way to give the President the power he needs to protect us, while making sure he does not abuse that power. It is possible to do that. We have done it before. We could do it again.”

But one must take into account the establishment of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 2008, which Obama voted for. This act gave the NSA the authority to seize phone records and emails from American citizens without having to worry about the legal predicaments the Bush administration found itself in not too long ago.

Still, it’s difficult to comprehend how the President had a lot of problems with interfering with the privacy of the American people when he was a Senator but gave the NSA the okay to do exactly this last April.

Or he might not have had any involvement whatsoever in anything the NSA has done as of late, which is also not good to know.

Via: Inquisitr, Photo Credit: WENN

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