Recent news stories have revealed the breathtaking scope of President Obama's indiscriminate spying on American citizens who aren't suspected of any wrongdoing. The government has been using data from Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple, to spy Americans.

There is something fundamentally un-American and deeply undemocratic about this kind of government surveillance. But since 9/11, we have seen first George W. Bush and now Barack Obama engage in shockingly broad executive power grabs that undermine our constitutionally protected civil liberties, all in the name of "national security."

President Obama is a constitutional scholar who ran on the platform of transparency in government. We don't believe he has the constitutional right to collect and examine the telephone records of virtually all Americans. But if he thinks that he has the authority to spy on Americans, he should acknowledge these programs and provide his legal rationale for them.

Demand President Obama acknowledge his administration's spying programs and provide a full legal justification for indiscriminately spying on Americans.