Obama Withheld Report Revealing Little Knowledge Of Positive Impact Of NSA Spying On Americans
For the last decade, both George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been assuring us that the massive program by the National Security Agency that conducts daily electronic surveillance against the private communications of the American people is justified, because it protects us all from terrorists.
A federal report that was just released revealed that actually, the federal government has known for quite some time that there is little sound basis for any judgment of whether the NSA spying against Americans is of any help in preventing terrorism at all. The report states that intelligence officials “had difficulty evaluating the precise contribution of the PSP [President’s Surveillance Program] to counterterrorism efforts”. All those statements about how much the NSA surveillance was protecting us were just bluster.
This report has been available for six years. Over those six years, we’ve been told over and over again, the NSA’s intrusion into our emails, phone calls, and Internet activity were necessary. President Obama could have, over that time, admitted that there was no justification for the NSA abuses. Instead, he has withheld the truth, and accused Edward Snowden of being a traitor for blowing the whistle.