Following the revelation of the global ‘surveillance’ program run by the National Security Agency, massive outrage sparked over concerns pertaining to privacy across the United States and all over the world.
Since the snooping program, exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, targeted a global audience, the spied-on countries like Germany, Brazil and even France expressed their anguish and discomfort over the matter. Thousands of articles and debates emerged discussing whether the NSA spying program PRISM was legal or not. Some directly blasted the Obama administration and particularly President Barack Obama for supporting the espionage efforts. And everyone had the same question in mind: Is Obama responsible for the NSA surveillance?
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Barack Obama, after several petitions and massive outrage, had responded that PRISM was transparent and there was nothing illegal about it. The interview, of course, garnered even more criticism since people became furious at the U.S. president for completely ignoring their privacy concerns. He was indeed held responsible then because not only was he involved in the spying program, he was also denying accountability.
But is he actually responsible?
According to reports, PRISM is a data mining program which began after the terrorist attacks on Sept 11, 2001. It was later developed in 2007 and is said to have expanded (not started) under the Obama administration. The whole controversy surrounding the present government now is somewhat similar to what happened to the Bush administration exactly when it was about to end.
In fact, in a 2006 speech, Obama said that no president [George Bush] is above the law and holds responsibility to protect not only the lives of the people, but also democracy. Watch it in the video below:
So here are the facts we know; Obama didn’t start the PRISM, he at some point in his career ‘condemned’ it and in the end nurtured and expanded the program himself. We shall ask again, is he responsible. The answer, yet again, is undoubtedly yes but it’s not complete. Obama carried on with something that was passed onto him. He is indeed responsible but he isn’t the only one.