US surveillance has ‘expanded’ under Obama, says Bush’s NSA director

The former director of the US National Security Agency has indicated that surveillance programs have “expanded” under Barack Obama’s time in office and said the spy agency has more powers now than when he was in command.

Michael Hayden, who served most of his tenure as NSA director under George W Bush, said there was “incredible continuity” between the two presidents.

“Since government officials have repeatedly told the public and Congress that Patriot Act authorities are simply analogous to a grand jury subpoena, and that intelligence agencies do not collect information or dossiers on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans, I think the executive branch has an obligation to explain whether or not these statements are actually true,” Wyden said.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/us-surveillance-expanded-obama-hayden

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