WASHINGTON — Arrogant, much? President Barack Obama, contrary to public opinion, believes that the NSA surveillance techniques do not violate Americans’ privacy rights.
Reuters reports that Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, told Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program that the Obama administration does not see the NSA surveillance as an infringement on Americans’ right to privacy.
McDonough also added that he has no idea where the NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, is hiding. Snowden exposed the NSA’s deep data-mining operations via Glenn Greenwald, who works for the British newspaper The Guardian. After hiding out in Hong Kong, he has since disappeared. Russia’s Vladimir Putin even considered allowing Snowden to seek asylum in Russia.
The NSA could only track the phone calls and the call length, but said that it did not have access to the individual caller’s information. It still has not allayed fears or criticism of the Obama administration. Still, many Americans were shocked to find out that their phones were being monitored to some extent by the NSA when the news broke.
Also, opposition and dissident groups in foreign countries worry that the Obama administration will share this information with their governments, some of whom are very repressive in nature.
McDonough added that Obama “welcomes a public debate on this question because he does say and he will say in the days ahead that we have to find the right balance, and we will not keep ourselves on a perpetual war footing.”
The liberal mainstream media played along with the Obama administration, which continued many of the surveillance policies under George W. Bush, yet continue to avoid blaming Obama for something they blamed Bush for.