And in many cases, Obama expanded the abuses far beyond what even Bush or Cheney could have imagined -- read the full article at the link below (excerpt follows) --
The White House on Spying - NYTimes.com: " . . . That Chancellor Merkel’s cellphone conversations could fall under that umbrella is an outgrowth of the post-9/11 decision by President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney that everyone is the enemy, and that anyone’s rights may be degraded in the name of national security. That led to Abu Ghraib, torture at the secret C.I.A. prisons, warrantless wiretapping of American citizens, grave harm to international relations, and the dragnet approach to surveillance revealed by the Snowden leaks."
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