Presidential candidate Jeb Bush believes NSA needs broader powers

Jeb Bush is all about the NSA surveillance.

Published Thu, Aug 20 2015 2:20 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:04 PM CST

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush believes the United States government needs broader surveillance capabilities, and tech companies shouldn't be fighting back about encryption.

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush believes NSA needs broader powers |

"There's a place to find common ground between personal civil liberties and NSA doing its job," Bush recently said, as published by the AP. "I think the balance has actually gone the wrong way."

Bush also noted that recent Patriot Act changes forcing an end to bulk collection of American phone records wasn't the right idea - and was done with "no evidence" Americans' civil liberties were violated.

Silicon Valley and the US government are currently engaged in an ongoing battle regarding encryption - where the government and law enforcement want backdoors into encryption technology - is making it "harder for the American government to do its job while protecting civil liberties to make sure evildoers aren't in our midst."

Of course, many Americans might be more willing to discuss surveillance, encryption, and other cybersecurity problems if voters trusted the US government. Or, there was some evidence that these possible privacy invasions made a difference.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog,, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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