Former Republican governor of Florida and current GOP 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently praised the massive spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) under the Obama administration.
During an appearance the "Michael Medved Show," a conservative talk radio show (video below), Bush was asked by the host, "What has been the best part of the Obama administration?"
According to The Intercept, Bush replied:
I would say the best part of the Obama administration would be his continuance of the protections of the homeland using the big metadata programs, the NSA being enhanced. Advancing this, even though he never defends it, even though he never openly admits it, there has been a continuation of a very important service, which is the first obligation, I think of our national government is to keep us safe. And the technologies that now can be applied to make that so, while protecting civil liberties are there. And he’s not abandoned them, even though there was some indication that he might. That's the best I can do.
The NSA's collection of domestic phone metadata (time and phone numbers called) was ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in 2013, noted CNN.
Judge Leon was appointed by President George W. Bush who started the mass NSA spying program on Americans.
Another part of the NSA spying program was ruled unconstitutional in 2014. According to Wired UK, "The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals said no this week to tracking your movements using data from your mobile phone without a warrant when it declared that this information is constitutionally protected."
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is also running for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, told supporters earlier this month that he would end the "unconstitutional" NSA spying program on Americans on "day one" if elected president, reported TIME.