Who brought up Obama? I surely didn't, I bitched and protested about this under Bush just like I am bitching and protesting about it now.
How about you stop with the Hero worship. So what if some racists only hate this program because its being implemented by Obama.
The fact of the matters remains that this program(under Bush and Obama), and its siblings, represent a gross violation of the fourth and fifth amendments, will chill speech, potentially prevent future whistleblowers, and most importantly #PRISM
is a major security risk
No database is 100% secure, having a database with data spanning that many people makes for a very tempting target for cybercriminals and adversarial states.
I don't believe that Google is lying to us, but their version of reality is not mutually exclusive to a world where the NSA has direct access. It is comlpetely possible that management was never made fully aware, think plausible deniability and a simple calculus that Sergey et.al
might whistleblow themselves.
Google, FB, et.al
are huge companies with hundreds to thousands of employees, many of whom could have been sent NSLs requiring them to instal malware or even hardware and not inform anyone of it.
There is also the real possibility that ISPs have been sent NSLs demanding the raw data going over their lines, meaning they could have de facto direct access by virtue of being able to listen in because they have access to the "pipes".
Either of those could be true and the Google et.al
statements could be true. Until we bring transparency to these programs we can never know just how much has been recorded for future use.