Gore Blasts NSA's 'Crimes Against the Constitution'
He predicts NSA will be forced to rein in 'absurd' surveillance practices
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2013 11:37 AM CST
Al Gore speaks at McGill University Tuesday in Montreal.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

(Newser) – Al Gore is definitely not among those buying the line that US surveillance practices are above-board and business as usual. Among the words he used to describe the methods unveiled by Edward Snowden in a speech last night in Canada: "absurd," "outrageous," "crimes against the Constitution," and "completely unacceptable," reports the Canadian Press via O Canada.com. And “I say that as someone who was a member of the National Security Council working in the White House and getting daily briefings from the CIA."

But the former VP thinks things will change given the national and international outrage that has ensued: “I think they will have to pull this back,” he said at Montreal's McGill University. “I think you will see a reining in.” Gore also repeated a phrase he has previously used to describe how modern businesses pry into the lives of customers and potential customers: "We have a stalker economy," he said.

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Nov 16, 2013 2:48 PM CST
Think about the credit reporting agencies for a moment. There are THREE major ones now. Did you ever, at any point, agree to let them spy on you and your spending habits or job or education or past residences? No, but they do... and they refuse to let you control what information they may collect or share. On top of all that, why do they do it? Is it for national security? No, it's for MONEY!
Nov 7, 2013 6:30 AM CST
Typical conservative's hate response. If you hate Gore... you have to hate the thing Gore says he supports... even if you supported it yesterday. Same thing with ObamaCare. The GOP's invented version of healthcare reform became the most evil thing ever when Obama offered it as a bipartisan bill. So the republicans have spent obscene amounts of OUR money and their political capital hating something they invented (as a response to HillaryCare in 1993), AND implemented (in Massachusetts while Romney was Governor). Mindless hating is hurting the US.
Nov 6, 2013 11:51 PM CST
We need to compare motives: Businesses are doing their "spywork" (prying) to make MONEY... and only for themselves.