Former President George W. Bush, who misled the U.S. into the Iraq War, slammed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden who informed Americans (and American allies) about how they are being spied on without their knowledge by the National Security Agency (NSA).
“I think (Edward Snowden) damaged the security of the country,” said Bush. “I put the program in place to protect the country, and one of the certainties is civil liberties were guaranteed."
However, he failed to mention that under his administration the NSA was authorized to monitor, without search warrants, the phone calls, Internet activity and text messaging involving anyone believed by the NSA to be outside the U.S., even if the communication was within the U.S.
Bush also failed to mention that under public pressure, his administration stopped the warrantless wiretapping program in January 2007 and put the NSA surveillance back under the FISA court.
Bush also dismissed his low opinion polls by the American people, claiming that history would judge him favorably, noted CNN.
“Ultimately history will judge the decisions I made, and I won’t be around because it’s going to take a while for the objective historians to to show up,” Bush claimed. “So, I’m pretty comfortable with it. I did what I did. I know the spirit in which I did it.”