“We need to know what the hell has been going on here,” former Washington Post journalist Carl Bernstein said Monday of the newest NSA surveillance disclosures revealing top-level spying on foreign allies.
Journalist and author Carl Bernstein said Monday that revelations that the NSA monitored the communications of foreign leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel begs one question: Why?
“We need to know what the hell has been going on here,” Bernstein said on MSNBC’s “Jansing and Co.” on Monday morning. “We need an answer of who did this, why was it done, why did it start in the [George W.] Bush years, why didn’t somebody — maybe there’s something we don’t know about Merkel. There’s something totally crazy about this.”
Bernstein said the disclosures about the NSA’s surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden have started a needed debate in the U.S. about what guidelines can be put in place on the “frightening” capabilities law enforcement has to fight terrorism, but that this particular disclosure raises more questions about what the program could have been looking for.
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