Under Bush the data wasn’t at the fingertips of NSA employees it was behind a firewall so to speak. If they wanted access to certain data from companies like Google and Verizon they needed the approval of a judge to get the password to get through the firewall and have these companies access their own databases to give them the data. This is a secure way of utilizing the data and why Bush didn’t have the problems Obama is experiencing.
Clinton, Holder, and Obama changed the way the data is accessed without telling anyone. They removed the firewall and have ready access to the data. Any authorized employees can access all the data; they don’t need to request it. They say they’ll only tap into the data when they get court approval but as we’ve seen this isn’t happening. They’re accessing data on U.S. citizens without probable cause. They could easily access the data of republicans who are running in a tight race with their candidates. There’s no doubt in my mind that they would do this.
Obama says to trust the NSA like he does but there have been terrible abuses of power including some criminal activity in the NSA. Think about it, you could have a neighbor who works for the NSA pull up your email account along with other information because the data would be at her finger tips. Now she’s not supposed to do this, but let’s face it, it will be widely abused. If I were a celebrity I’d be really worried.
I don’t know about you but I don’t trust our government because they’ve proven time and time again they aren’t trustworthy. I want non-political oversight of agencies like the IRS and NSA and I want security protocol where only those people who have a need to know, have access to information.
I strongly believe the way the Obama Administration is using the NSA is illegal according to several amendments including the first. We should expect privacy unless the government (including the police), have probable cause and a subpoena to look into our personal property. This is the closest I’ve ever been to living in a communist country where the government constantly overreaches into our lives. We’ve got to take our country back or our Republic will fall.