Finally, the one reply we had all been waiting for. Barack Obama while talking to PBS’ Charlie Rose responded to all the piling up allegations regarding breach of privacy by the NSA. He said that the program was ‘transparent.’
Following the publishing of classified U.S. documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden to international news organizations, massive outrage sparked across the nation and later around the world over U.S. espionage efforts. As Snowden is gradually revealing more information, more questions are being raised regarding the Obama administration’s liberal and democratic regime.
At one point, he was even compared to George W. Bush who apparently initiated the global spying program in the first place.
During his pre-recorded interview on PBS, Obama defended NSA’s PRISM by saying it had not unlawfully targeted Americans. When Rose asked Obama why the President of the U.S. didn’t mind what they NSA had been doing to Americans, Obama replied, “Well, let me finish, because I don’t. So, what happens is that the FBI, if, in fact, it now wants to get content; if, in fact, it wants to start tapping that phone, it’s got to go to the FISA court with probable cause and ask for a warrant.”
Rose asked whether FISA court had turned down any request and the U.S. President replied, “The number of requests is surprisingly small… number one. Number two, folks don’t go with a query unless they’ve got a pretty good suspicion.”
The PBS host shot back by asking whether this should be transparent in some way and Obama replied by answering, “It is transparent. That’s why we set up the FISA court.”
So, according to Obama, we can count on his word that the NSA didn’t hear any phone calls or targeted emails. But is this justification enough? Do you agree?