Joe Scarborough was dismayed by the latest scandal facing the Obama administration — the National Security Agency's surveillance of millions of Americans, as reported by the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald — on Thursday.
In a bombshell article posted Wednesday night, Greenwald reported that the NSA has been indiscriminately collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers under a top-secret U.S. court order. Scarborough said that the domestic surveillance was the latest mark against the Obama administration after the DOJ's secret investigations into the Associated Press and Fox News' James Rosen.
"It's unbelievable," he said. "It just feeds into this narrative of the Republicans and of Tea Party members... it's hard to come up with a worse scenario for them publicly."
Echoing NBC News correspondent Pete Williams' comments, Scarborough predicted that Greenwald will soon face an investigation over the NSA leak. He also predicted outrage from Republicans and Democrats alike over what he called the "continuation of Bush policies" under Obama.
Scarborough continued, "It's just like the AP story and the Fox story. This administration has been so much more aggressive, so much more indiscriminate and the net they have thrown out has been so much more widespread than what we have ever seen before that I think this goes well beyond the scope of what people envisioned when they passed the Patriot Act."