Napolitano: 4th Review Finds NSA Phone Surveillance Is Not Making Us Safer
There are new developments today concerning the controversial NSA surveillance program. An independent review board called on President Obama to stop collecting the cell phone metadata of hundreds of millions of Americans, calling the data sweep illegal.
"The ... bulk telephone records program lacks a viable legal foundation," the report concluded, adding that it raises "serious threats to privacy and civil liberties" and has "only limited value."
Last Friday, Obama vowed to rein in the surveillance amid outcries from world leaders and civil liberties groups, but stopped far short of ending the bulk data collection.
On Real Story, this afternoon Judge Andrew Napolitano, an ardent critic of the NSA tactics, gave us his analysis. He pointed out that this is the fourth official review of the NSA phone surveillance, including two from federal judges.
Though the ultimate conclusions differed, the judge said "all agreed on one thing."
"There is no credible evidence that this program has kept us safer or has kept the bad people away from us," said Napolitano.
A new Fox News poll shows 68 percent of Americans saying they're glad that Edward Snowden revealed the program to the public, with 25 percent saying they are not happy about it.
The judge believes this poll indicates an American public that is becoming "weary" with the massive surveillance apparatus.
Gretchen Carlson asked what President Obama will do now in the face of mounting calls for the program to be abandoned.
"I don't think the president will change anything," said Napolitano. "Because the president is intent upon creating this image - a false image, an erroneous image - that he is protecting us and keeping us safe by spying on us. Guess what? He's doing to us what other governments did to their people. Governments we fought against in World War II and in the Cold War."
Watch the judge's full analysis above, and a report from Catherine Herridge below.