New York’s Police Commissioner – Ray Kelly – blasted the secret NSA spying program today.
I don’t think it [the spying program] ever should have been made secret ….
I think the American public can accept the fact if you tell them that every time you pick up the phone it’s going to be recorded and it goes to the government. I think the public can understand that. I see no reason why that program was placed in the secret category.
Secondly, I think if you listen to Snowden, he indicates that there’s some sort of malfeasance, people . . . sitting around and watching the data. So I think the question is: What sort of oversight is there inside the [National Security Agency] NSA to prevent that abuse, if it’s taking place?
I think we can raise people’s comfort level if in fact information comes out as to that we have these controls and these protections inside the NSA ….
[Spying whistleblower Edward Snowden] tried to give the impression, it seems to me, that these system administrators had carte blanche to do what they wanted to do. I think it’s a problem if that’s in fact what’s happening.