Former Vice President Al Gore was quick and vociferous in denouncing the NSA’s surveillance programs when they were revealed last week, and he continued his intense critique on Friday.
“This in my view violates the Constitution,” Gore told The Guardian. “The Fourth Amendment and the First Amendment and the Fourth Amendment language is crystal clear. It is not acceptable to have a secret interpretation of a law that goes far beyond any reasonable reading of either the law or the Constitution and then classify as top secret what the actual law is.”
Whereas many high-profile Democrats have defended the practice as necessary to stop terror plots, Gore remained steadfast in his belief that the surveillance programs went against the spirit, if not the letter, of the law, saying “I quite understand the viewpoint that many have expressed that they are fine with it and they just want to be safe but that is not really the American way.”
When asked about public support for surveillance, which wavers depending on which survey you consult, Gore replied, “I am not sure how to interpret polls on this, because we don’t do dial groups on the Bill of Rights.”
“I think that the Congress and the administration need to make some changes in the law and in their behavior so as to honor and obey the Constitution of the United States,” he said. “It is that simple.”
Read the interview HERE.
[h/t The Guardian]
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