George W. Bush: NSA Surveillance Is No Problem Because Civil Liberties Are Guaranteed
from the say-what-now? dept
Former President George W. Bush commented on a variety of subjects in an interview with CNN, but of most interest to me was his comments on the NSA surveillance leaks. It’s well known that many of the programs started under his administration, and apparently, he insists that the programs are fine because civil liberties are “guaranteed.”
“I think there needs to be a balance, and as the president explained, there is a proper balance,” Bush said.
Asked about an NSA program that tracks people’s Internet activity, Bush said, “I put that program in place to protect the country. One of the certainties was that civil liberties were guaranteed.”
Of course, the various leaks to date suggest that’s not even close to true. But, really, what does that even mean? How are they “guaranteed”? You can’t just say that sort of thing, you have to actually make sure it’s true, and so far there’s been little to no evidence to support that claim. For civil liberties to be guaranteed there would need to be a clear belief and reverence for things like the 4th Amendment. Instead, we have secret FISA court rulings that reinterpret the plain language of the Patriot Act to mean something different than how it reads in English. How is that “guaranteeing” civil liberties? It sounds a lot more like redefining words so that the administration can “claim” that civil liberties are protected by making sure that any that aren’t actually protected are simply written out of what counts as “civil liberties.”