On his Friday show, HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher criticized those on the left that hold President Barack Obama to a different standard than they held his predecessor former President George W. Bush regarding the NSA and its alleged spying on U.S. citizens domestically.
Maher argued they would “apoplectic” had it happened under Bush and challenged the left’s intellectual honesty on the issue.
“There was a study done that found out online conversations that were intercepted and stored by the NSA — nine out of 10 were not from foreigners,” Maher said. “They are from ordinary citizens, and I want to read this: Many files, it says, described as useless by the analysts had a startlingly intimate, even voyeuristic quality. Stories of love and heartbreak, illicit sexual liaisons, mental health crises and disappointed hopes. Move over ‘Taxicab Confessions,’ we have a new –“
“This is exactly what they said they weren’t going to do,” he added. “Just, you know, be nosy and look into the lives of private people for their own shits and giggles. And I just want to say, if this were happening under Bush, liberals would be apoplectic. I’m sorry, but liberals are just sometimes useless Obama hacks without a shred of intellectual honesty.”
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