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Hollywood Turns Against Obama Over NSA Snooping

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Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 03:34 PM

By Melanie Batley

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President Barack Obama is losing the love of Hollywood over revelations that the National Security Agency has been conducting a top-secret program tracking the phone and Internet activity of millions of Americans.

Several supporters have taken to Twitter to denounce the administration.

According to Fox News, actor and liberal activist John Cusack tweeted, "Prism the name for electronic prison—all have to wear lojacks." Cusack also re-tweeted: "Obama is becoming the next Nixon."

Cusack also tweeted his support for technology contractor Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the program to the media. "Mr snowden, a man of remarkable courage — country owes our gratitude — for courageous civil disobedience — can u break law if protect crimes?"

Leading director Judd Apatow also tweeted to denounce the administration. "What is this, North Korea?" asked the man behind such lowbrow hits as "Bridesmaids," "Knocked Up" and "Anchorman."

"We are so inundated with so much info and so many problems — we have given up caring," he added. Apatow called the NSA program "an outrageous breach of the privacy and rights of American citizens."

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore delivered his unsurprisingly damning verdict, tweeting, "the administration has now lost all credibility."

He implied hypocrisy on the part of the president by highlighting a 2007 Obama quote: "that means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens. No more (spying) on citizens…No more tracking citizens…"

Some have welcomed Hollywood's criticisms after what they say has been years of toeing the line for the president.

"I am encouraged to see the Hollywood left is starting to dish out some bipartisan criticism," political blogger and author Thomas Moyer told FOX411 Pop Tarts column. "Further, it hits a lot closer to home when you find out that your personal phone records are being monitored, something that scares a lot of people."

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