Jun 082013

Just when people would think the scandals from the Obama administration were enough, a new scandal has reared its ugly head.

The Guardian, a news site based in England, came out with a critical report about the National Security Agency receiving phone data and records of millions of Verizon customers in the U.S. The Guardian obtained a court order, showing that Verizon was required to give the NSA information on every phone call on a “ongoing, daily basis” from location of the call to the time and duration.

What makes this report troubling is that while the Bush administration has done this before, the newly-found report shows that Obama has continued this practice, increasing the amount of data collecting tenfold.

One would assume that Verizon was the only company under this program. However, that person would be terribly wrong.

As this news came out, more information arose about the NSA’s top secret Prism program in which companies including Google and Apple gave the NSA full access to their servers, collecting as much data as possible. When inquired about this data collecting, many of the companies denied knowledge of said program despite them being involved since 2007, Apple being the recent company to join in 2012.

Once again, this program was issued under Bush and renewed by Obama.

This finding is not only disturbing, it is a major invasion of privacy on American citizens, and perhaps the entire world. The fact that Obama has continued to use programs that were used by Bush and has increased the power of the NSA is hypocritical and mind-boggling. It just shows how Obama has not changed any of the Bush policies that he promised voters.

Coincidentally, today is the 64th anniversary of George Orwell’s famous novel 1984. And this NSA situation is eerily similar to the events in the novel.

Link to exclusive report: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/nsa-phone-records-verizon-court-order

Link to Prism program report: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/us-tech-giants-nsa-data

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