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Bush on Snowden: ‘He damaged the security of the country’
Yahoo News ^ | Dylan Stableford

Posted on 07/01/2013 8:30:29 AM PDT by USS Johnston

Former President George W. Bush has weighed in on the Edward Snowden saga, telling CNN the former National Security Agency contractor threatened the security of U.S. citizens by leaking information about the surveillance program his administration created after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

"I know he damaged the country," Bush said in an interview from Zambia, where he and his wife, Laura, are on a humanitarian mission. "The Obama administration will deal with it. I think he damaged the security of the country."

Like President Barack Obama, Bush deflected criticism of the spy program.

"I put the program in place to protect the country, and one of the certainties is civil liberties were guaranteed," Bush said in the interview...

Bush also refused to criticize his successor. "It doesn't do any good," he said. "It's a hard job. He has plenty on his agenda and it's difficult. [A] former president doesn't need to make it harder."

The White House said Obama will meet Bush on Tuesday in Tanzania...

He added: "You know, ultimately history will judge the decisions that I made. And I won't be around because it's going to take a while for the objective historians to show up. So I'm pretty comfortable with it. I did what I did."

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 0bama; bds; bdsaliveandwell; bush; bushes; frisbdscentral; globalist; groundzero4bds; mypredecessor; nwo; snowden
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Not a peep out of 0blaba's "predecessor" until NOW. For FIVE YEARS -- even after all the damage the Commie-Fascist has inflicted upon America with his "Hopey-Change" baloney -- suddenly George W. Bush NOW feels compelled to comment on 0blabla's policies?? Oh wait -- he's not even criticizing ANY of 0blabla's Commie-Fascist and corrupt governance. He's merely defending revelations of a Whistleblower that have exposed 0blabla's NSA snooping policies on We The People and violate the 4th Amendment. Thus far there is NO evidence that it has "damaged the security of country." But never mind the evidence that the government cares not a whit about the US Constitution.

Ironically it's been George W. Bush's unconstitutional Patriot Act and DHS abuse that have emboldened 0blabla to ratchet up his abuse of our privacy and liberties. And for THIS Bush steps out and defends 0blabla -- as he's about to meet with him in Africa? Coincidence? Bottom line: They BOTH "damaged the country" with their pro-globalist policies.

Can't. Make. This. Up.

1 posted on 07/01/2013 8:30:29 AM PDT by USS Johnston
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To: USS Johnston

No, Mr. Bush, America has damaged herself.

She is no longer even remotely trustworthy.

In fact she has become the very engine powering the Axis of Evil.


2 posted on 07/01/2013 8:32:03 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: USS Johnston

They will try and inflict Jeb on us for 2016. Mark my words.


3 posted on 07/01/2013 8:32:23 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: USS Johnston
What do you expect?

After all, the name "Bush" is synonymous with "New World Oder."

4 posted on 07/01/2013 8:32:40 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who could have known that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional news?)
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To: USS Johnston

THe only reason the corrupt MSM is now trotting out Bush as an elder statesman is because they want to use Bush to take the heat off of Obama and the Snowden fiasco.


5 posted on 07/01/2013 8:33:21 AM PDT by Obadiah (Inside of every Liberal beats the heart of a fascist yearning to reveal their true nature.)
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To: USS Johnston
Your comments are clueless.

One day a so-called "conservative" supporter of Snowden will take a step back and rationally examine what Snowden has done.

But, as usual, that day is not today.

6 posted on 07/01/2013 8:34:01 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: USS Johnston

Stay out of the Bushes!


7 posted on 07/01/2013 8:34:29 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Now that the Bush family is criticizing Snowden, I feel obligated to support Snowden even more. Curious has anyone heard what Hillary has said about Snowden?


8 posted on 07/01/2013 8:35:01 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: Obadiah

And tee up Jeb vs Hillary fade left or right... all NWO.


9 posted on 07/01/2013 8:35:12 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: USS Johnston

It’s very strange that the Republicans are the only ones upset with Snowden. Is Snowden working for the Democrats ?


10 posted on 07/01/2013 8:35:14 AM PDT by molson209
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To: USS Johnston

“Bush on Snowden: ‘He damaged the security of the country’”

Let’s fix that...

“Bush on Bush: ‘We damaged the Constitution of our country’


11 posted on 07/01/2013 8:35:30 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” - Tacitus)
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To: USS Johnston; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don’t add you to the list...

12 posted on 07/01/2013 8:36:24 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: USS Johnston

Welcome to FR.
I like your profile page.


13 posted on 07/01/2013 8:36:45 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: USS Johnston
He has plenty on his agenda and it's difficult. [A] former president doesn't need to make it harder."

W, you failed at responding to these Marxist destroyers when they destroyed you, the least you could do is shut up instead of prop them up.

14 posted on 07/01/2013 8:38:37 AM PDT by Lakeshark (!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
After all, the name "Bush" is synonymous with "New World Order."

Ain't it?

Demonstrating public solidarity with the Commie-Facist President has now been requested by the NWO Puppetmeisters.

For FIVE years 0balbla has been cratering the USA with destructive policies -- and not a peep out of George W. Bush. UNTIL NOW. And it's conspicuously STILL not over criticizing 0blabla's policies.

15 posted on 07/01/2013 8:38:43 AM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: USS Johnston

If security were the real concern we would secure our borders and end our muslim preferential immigration policies.


16 posted on 07/01/2013 8:39:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: null and void

I don’t know if Snowden is a hero or a goat..... I do know that the Bush and the O admins have violated so many sections of the Constitution that it isn’t even funny.

The truth is I don’t trust ANYTHING that ANY Bush says....well maybe sometimes from Barbara


17 posted on 07/01/2013 8:40:09 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: wideawake
Your comments are clueless.

You mean George W. Bush has actually criticized 0blabla's Commie-fascist policies ONCE in FIVE years??

Snowden exposed the trashing of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. Do you support this?

19 posted on 07/01/2013 8:40:47 AM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: USS Johnston

I really don’t understand how Snowden damaged the security of this country.

My understanding — if based only on an assumption — was that the feds were monitoring calls and internet use.

Heck, for years drug dealers and other criminals have been using disposal cell phones precisely in order to evade wiretaps and retroactive tracking of their communications, and criminals have been using proxy servers, spoofed IP addresses, third-party computers and other means to evade internet tracking.

Accordingly, I find it really hard to believe that Snowden has now tipped off the terrorists on U.S. investigative techniques which will make it harder for the intelligence community to prevent terror attacks.


20 posted on 07/01/2013 8:41:59 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: molson209
It’s very strange that the Republicans are the only ones upset with Snowden. Is Snowden working for the Democrats ?

What are you talking about? For a sampling of how off-base that is, look up Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, and every Obama sychophant in the media.

21 posted on 07/01/2013 8:42:30 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: molson209
It’s very strange that the Republicans are the only ones upset with Snowden. Is Snowden working for the Democrats ?

Yes, odd that it's been up to Vichy Pubbies to criticize Snowden's revelation that the 4th Amendment is rourinely trashed.

No one knows who is working for whom -- except NONE of them seem to be working for We The People.

22 posted on 07/01/2013 8:43:29 AM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: USS Johnston

Those who give up their liberty for more security deserve neither liberty nor security. B. Franklin


23 posted on 07/01/2013 8:43:34 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: wideawake

>>One day a so-called “conservative” supporter of Snowden will take a step back and rationally examine what Snowden has done.

The US Government stopped being “for the people” quite a few years ago. It does not provide security, promote liberty, and is even trying to destroy happiness. The “War on Terror” is a fraud because the government won’t even name the enemy! The rest of the world doesn’t care what we say or do because we have no credibility.

Try to live up to your handle and wake up! This isn’t 1950 and the government is at war with the people of the United States.


24 posted on 07/01/2013 8:44:00 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: USS Johnston

“”I put the program in place to protect the country, and one of the certainties is civil liberties were guaranteed,” Bush said”

Well we can see those guarantees weren’t worth the paper they were written on.


25 posted on 07/01/2013 8:44:07 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: IbJensen
"you folks made it easy...finish off America"

That's a uniquely ridiculous comment.

26 posted on 07/01/2013 8:44:32 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: cripplecreek
If security were the real concern we would secure our borders and end our muslim preferential immigration policies.

AMEN! (Beginning back in 2001.)

27 posted on 07/01/2013 8:45:09 AM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: driftdiver
Well we can see those guarantees weren’t worth the paper they were written on.

Are you saying they're sorta like Charmin?

;-)

28 posted on 07/01/2013 8:46:27 AM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: USS Johnston

Telling it just like it is.


29 posted on 07/01/2013 8:46:39 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: USS Johnston

Bush’s fault for real.


30 posted on 07/01/2013 8:46:58 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: wideawake

As far as I can tell the only people who didn’t know the US Govt was doing this was the American people.

The democrats knew it. The republicans knew it.

The chinese and russians already knew it.

So what damage did he really do to national security by telling the american public what their govt is doing?


31 posted on 07/01/2013 8:48:21 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Obadiah
THe only reason the corrupt MSM is now trotting out Bush as an elder statesman is because they want to use Bush to take the heat off of Obama and the Snowden fiasco.

Yup.

And Bush is only too glad to help (not that the selective persecution of conservatives and Tea Party by the IRS, DHS, NSA, and DoJ bothered him.)

This is a stunt and a charade.

32 posted on 07/01/2013 8:49:15 AM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: driftless2

Like so much hell it is!

Look at the figures pertaining to the growth of the central socialist government for example!

“Read my lips: NO NEW TAXES”

These people are NWO aficionados.

No Jeb either!


33 posted on 07/01/2013 8:51:19 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: USS Johnston

Bush helped destroy our Constitution and our freedoms.

One of the worst Presidents in American history.

Thanks for the police state and debt and open borders and successful invasion from the south Jorge.


34 posted on 07/01/2013 8:52:25 AM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: wideawake
But, as usual, that day is not today.

It sure isn't. But you are on the mark about Snowden.

35 posted on 07/01/2013 8:52:27 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (If I had a tag line this is where you would find it)
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To: chris37

” He damaged the security of the Beast System.”

THERE, fixed it.


36 posted on 07/01/2013 8:52:39 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45 (Happily in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own guardians.)
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To: AtlasStalled
I find it really hard to believe that Snowden has now tipped off the terrorists on U.S. investigative techniques which will make it harder for the intelligence community to prevent terror attacks.

That MUST be the diversionary focus and defense of the indefensible: The complete and utter trashing of 300 million American's 4th Amendment Right.

How desperate are the Statist-Fascists? They've pulled George W. Bush out of mothballs.

37 posted on 07/01/2013 8:52:56 AM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: wideawake

I disagree. IMO, The Obama administration has brought this down on itself. It needed to be exposed. Yes, we may suffer, but the responsibility lies with the fascists committing the original crimes against the Constitution.

But, as regards damaging our security, that’s ironic in a sad way. Clinton SOLD state secrets for cash, Obama is giving them away for the purpose of damaging this country; he is deliberately emasculating our security services and our military. The only thing he is strengthening is domestic agencies to clamp down on AMERICANS. Snowden’s damage to our security is miniscule compared to what Obama and his crew of America haters is doing continually.


38 posted on 07/01/2013 8:53:19 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
Bush helped destroy our Constitution and our freedoms. One of the worst Presidents in American history. Thanks for the police state and debt and open borders and successful invasion from the south Jorge.

CHECK, CHECK, and CHECK.

39 posted on 07/01/2013 8:53:48 AM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: USS Johnston

Bush on Snowden: ‘He damaged the security of the country’

You did so more than he did GWButthead.
40 posted on 07/01/2013 8:55:15 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tactical Awareness. Use your brain. Then bring the pain.)
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To: USS Johnston
well, O'Butplug and GOP/Establishment has been doing the same since Jan./2009
.. of course; the GOP/E gave assistance to the Marxists.. thru their silence.

41 posted on 07/01/2013 8:55:46 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :)
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To: USS Johnston

Too many contradictory statements being made for a rational person to believe.

First they claim that Snowden told our enemies how we were tracking them when Leaky Leahy already did that. Now they tell us that its damaged our security at the same time they tell us that everybody knows everybody is spying on everybody else.


42 posted on 07/01/2013 8:56:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: wideawake
One day a so-called "conservative" supporter of Snowden will take a step back and rationally examine what Snowden has done.

Why don't YOU?? In detail.

And while you're at it, please explain why the 4A no longer applies, 2A is being targeted by Congress, the 1A is being kneecapped, Amnesty is being shoved down our throats as is "Gay" Marriage.

Thanks.

43 posted on 07/01/2013 8:57:13 AM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: wideawake
One day a so-called "conservative" supporter of Snowden will take a step back and rationally examine what Snowden has done.

Nobody is actually reading any articles about Snowden, they just read headlines (and maybe the odd clueless ranting blogger) and go on rants.

And people are basically studiously ignoring that it's now apparent that most of what Snowden took deals with NSA spying on foreigners. To acknowledge that would destroy their hero-worship.

44 posted on 07/01/2013 8:58:18 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: cripplecreek
First they claim that Snowden told our enemies how we were tracking them when Leaky Leahy already did that. Now they tell us that its damaged our security at the same time they tell us that everybody knows everybody is spying on everybody else.

Ssssshhhh...That's all "Double-Secret Classified Information"! Leaky Leahy was only HELPING US Security....wasn't he??!? Never mind.

45 posted on 07/01/2013 8:59:31 AM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: USS Johnston

Well, Snowden may have damaged the US, but he has also hurt Obama so those two facts will have to be offset to see if he is a net benefit. Since the US is in enemy hands and is currently helping Islamists, Al Qaeda and Muslims over Christians, along with subjugating its own citizens, Snowden might well be helping save the West.


46 posted on 07/01/2013 8:59:34 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: USS Johnston

“Bush on Snowden: ‘He damaged the security of the country’”

Bush: “I destroyed the Constitution to save the country. I destroyed capitalism to save the country too!”


47 posted on 07/01/2013 8:59:49 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” - Tacitus)
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To: USS Johnston

Really, Dubya? What about the Assclown currently occupying the Oval Office? Has national security been damaged by that occupation?

You betcha.


48 posted on 07/01/2013 9:02:30 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Lakeshark

BTTT. I can’t even comment coherently right now about “W”... I’d like my donation money back, plus the Constitution. I don’t know where GW gets off talking about “civil liberties.”


49 posted on 07/01/2013 9:04:16 AM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: wideawake

Do you support the collection of the communications of every American in violation of the Fourth Amendment?????

If you and folks like our former president do, then there’s something wrong here????

Secrets have been revealed and there is a national security aspsect to that but getting back to the question.

If the Republican Party insiders support the scanning and collection of all Americans communications then there’s more fuel being added to the fire that may create a third party.

It was George W. Bush that said “Islam is a religion of peace” and its because of that attitude that everybody has to have their bodies scanned and searched in airports and now our communications are being scanned as well.

In Israel this is done to the appropriate groups of people from where the threat is coming.

If the Bush people out there will not respond to this outrageous violation of Consitutional rights from all the information collection by the NSA by opposing it, watch out.

The exodus from the GOP will only be enlarged by it.


50 posted on 07/01/2013 9:05:21 AM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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