FBI Director Defends NSA Spying As What 'Founders Intended'

| by Michael Allen

FBI Director James Comey recently told reporters that the federal government's spying on American citizens via the National Security Agency is the "way the founders intended."

Of course, the Founding Fathers never could have imagined today's technology back in the 1700s, but that fact didn't get in the way of Comey's claim.

“I see the government operating the way the founders intended,” stated Comey, notes AFP.

Ironically, in 2004, Comey himself opposed aspects of the NSA's domestic surveillance program when he worked in President Bush's Justice Department, noted The New York Times.

According to The Washington Post, Comey almost resigned his position in his opposition to the NSA spying program, until Bush made changes.

Comey went on to attack Edward Snowden, who has been called a "whistleblower" and a "hero" by many for exposing the NSA's spying, which a federal judge said last year was "likely unconstitutional."

"I have trouble applying the whistleblower label to someone who basically disagrees with the way our government is structured and operates,” added Comey.

“Whistleblowers are very important,” stated Comey. “I struggle to understand how you can apply the hero whistleblower label to that kind of information, so it confuses me.”

Comey would not provide any details of evidence against Snowden, who has been charged under the Espionage Act.

“We have a criminal case and charges are pending against Mr. Snowden,” said Comey.

In addition to secretly spying on hundreds of millions of Americans, the NSA also tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone and targeted leaders of Brazil and Mexico, as well as French and Spanish phone records, all of which is a violation of international law by the US government.

Sources: AFP, The New York Times, The Washington Post