Raul Grijalva, leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has blasted President Barack Obama for Obama’s decision to keep George W. Bush’s titanic electronic surveillance system targeted on the American people. The existence of the spying program was exposed at the end of last week by Edward Snowden, an intelligence analyst whose conscience was troubled by the abuses he had seen from the inside.
Grijalva noted the stark difference between what Barack Obama promised during his 2008 presidential campaign, and what Obama has actually done with his power as President. “Senator Obama would not have supported this program under President Bush,” Grijalva said. “A secretive intelligence agency gathering millions of phone records and using them as it sees fit is the kind of excess many of us warned about after the Patriot Act became law. Continuing this program indefinitely gives the impression of being under constant siege and needing to know everything at all times to keep us safe, which I find a very troubling view of American security policy.”