Does the dumbest man on cable news realize Obama vastly expanded surveillance powers in 2009?
(CNSNews.com) – Rev. Al Sharpton said Monday that President Barack Obama is not to blame for the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance program – former President George W. Bush is, because laws allowing it were enacted under his administration.
“These are laws put into effect under President Bush. There are plenty of Democrats who are upset about this too. I do not agree with the Patriot Act, but you can’t blame President Obama for it,” Sharpton said on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation.”
In 2009, however, Obama extended three provisions of the Patriot Act – allowing roving wiretaps, which would allow monitoring of an individual instead of a specific number; seizure of financial, medical, library and other records of suspected terrorists; and monitoring someone suspected of engaging in terrorism who may not be linked to a specific terrorist group, the Washington Times reported on Sept. 16, 2009.