Joe Scarborough called out critics of former President George W. Bush Tuesday for saying his intelligence gathering and surveillance policies "shredded the Constitution," noting that the Obama administration has take the same policies to a new, unprecedented level.
"This is one more example of how Barack Obama and his supporters suggested that George W. Bush and [Vice President] Dick Cheney shredded the Constitution and hated civil liberties, and were the worst thing that ever happened," Scarborough said during MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
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"This is stunning, how he's taken, whether it's the drone policy or the NSA, how he's taken the Bush-Cheney policies, and turned it up," Scarborough added.
Scarborough, a former conservative GOP congressman from Florida, reminded viewers of his morning news talk show that he had predicted Obama would expand the nation's spying activities.
Reports last week revealed
that the NSA has been intercepting the phone calls of U.S. allied leaders in addition to collecting the phone and Internet activity records of most Americans.
"I told you before he got elected he was going to do all of this, because all of my friends in the Intel community said, 'The second he gets elected, he's going to amp it up.' And, he's done exactly that," Scarborough said.
Then only half joking, the conservative Republican told some of his regular, liberal guests, that they had gotten pretty much what they deserved by electing someone who was essentially an unknown.
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"You people are all jokes. This is what you got. You got a drone-dropping phone-tapping president," Scarborough said.
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