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CEO of Major Tech Company Says NSA Surveillance Is 'Great' and 'Essential

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"Who's ever heard of this information being misused by the government? In what way?"

INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 12: Larry Ellison, tournament owner and CEO of Oracle, attends the match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Yen-Hsen Lu of Chinese Taipei during day 7 of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 12, 2013 in Indian Wells, California. Credit: Getty Images

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison told CBS News' Charlie Rose that he has no problem with the NSA's massive surveillance programs. In fact, he said, the surveillance is "great" and "essential."

"Who's ever heard of this information being misused by the government? In what way?" the CEO of one of America's largest software companies asked.

When Rose asked him if he was fully endorsing the NSA's spying efforts, Ellison doubled down.

"It's great," he said. "It's essential. By the way, President Obama thinks it's essential. It's essential if we want to minimize the kind of strikes we just had in Boston. It's absolutely essential."

However, the tech giant said he would have a problem if government surveillance were used to "political targeting."

 

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(H/T: HuffPost)

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