Skip to comments.Bush on Snowden: ‘He damaged the security of the country’
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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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.
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.
They will try and inflict Jeb on us for 2016. Mark my words.
After all, the name "Bush" is synonymous with "New World Oder."
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.
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.
Stay out of the Bushes!
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?
And tee up Jeb vs Hillary fade left or right... all NWO.
It’s very strange that the Republicans are the only ones upset with Snowden. Is Snowden working for the Democrats ?
“Bush on Snowden: He damaged the security of the country”
Let’s fix that...
“Bush on Bush: We damaged the Constitution of our country
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 dont add you to the list...
Welcome to FR.
I like your profile page.
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.
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.
If security were the real concern we would secure our borders and end our muslim preferential immigration policies.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
Those who give up their liberty for more security deserve neither liberty nor security. B. Franklin
>>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.
“”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.
That's a uniquely ridiculous comment.
AMEN! (Beginning back in 2001.)
Are you saying they're sorta like Charmin?
Telling it just like it is.
Bush’s fault for real.
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?
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.
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!
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.
It sure isn't. But you are on the mark about Snowden.
” He damaged the security of the Beast System.”
THERE, fixed it.
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.
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.
CHECK, CHECK, and CHECK.
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.
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.
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.
Ssssshhhh...That's all "Double-Secret Classified Information"! Leaky Leahy was only HELPING US Security....wasn't he??!? Never mind.
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.
“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!”
Really, Dubya? What about the Assclown currently occupying the Oval Office? Has national security been damaged by that occupation?
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.”
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.
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