Bee's note: I understand from reading news about the G-8 conference in Ireland that the PM of Germany had asked Obama about the "spying" on US citizens and being the deceptive man that he is, Obama was quick to reply that it is "legal".
No, it is NOT legal - never was "legal"; as it is against the US Constitution and America's freedoms under their Constitution.
The Patriot Act is about surveillance of terrorists - not US citizens. The present felonies being investigated through Congressional hearings in Washington, DC, include IRS, NSA, BENGHAZI and to-date, no one has been held accountable for their actions, under Obama's administration. However, these "scandals" will not disappear, no matter how many times Obama waves his hand to brush off the deceptive practices held under his watch.
See: Report: NSA Prism program spied on Americans' emails, searches.
“If the Washington Post story checks out, what they [the NSA and FBI] did is illegal,” EFF’s Cardozo says. “The FISA Amendments Act was not meant to authorize anything of this scope.”
It was interesting to note, that during the G-8 conference, Obama had a tough time explaining to Merkel, "who grew up in communist East Germany, said basic freedoms depended on people being able to feel safe "and therefore the question of balance, the question of proportionality, is something that we will further discuss with one another." (see: US not spying on EU - Obama)Yes, her concerns are also the concerns of every American citizen. Never in the history of the United States, has an administration been as corrupt and anti-American, as this present administration!
Welcome to the early 1930's! The "US President Barack Obama said government surveillance programs that sweep telephone numbers and internet data have saved lives,...". I wonder if that same propaganda was used by Hitler - a different time, but tyranny is tyranny, no matter who uses it to subdue its citizens!
Another article that bring some light into the history of NSA can be found here-
Obama Admits Stealing Emails, Search History, FB Messages, and More