Americans’ distrust of the US government has reached unprecedented levels as a result of the National Security Agency’s phone spying program along with recent revelations that Hillary Clinton used private servers for official emails, according to a former US governor.
“Frankly, there’s never been a time in my lifetime where people are more distrustful of government,” said Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and a US presidential candidate from the Republican Party.
Huckabee blamed the NSA and its bulk phone records collection program as a major reason for people’s distrust of the Obama administration. “If this is so effective, why hasn’t it foiled potential terrorist plots?” he asked on Fox News Sunday.
“Not one [foiled plot] has been tied to the NSA’s collection of metadata. … It seems like we’re spending billions of dollars on the whiz-bang technology and not enough on human resources, which have proven to be the most effective way of stopping terrorism,” he stated.
Huckabee noted that the NSA’s widespread phone-data collection program reveals the lack of transparency by both President Barack Obama and former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.