Conspiracy-minded movie director Oliver Stone believes domestic spying under President Obama is more intrusive than the internal surveillance carried out by the ruthless secret police in the former communist East Germany.
Stone is currently promoting his new film, Snowden, the biopic starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role about the National Security Agency whistleblower who has been hiding out in Russia for several years.
Snowden has received mixed reviews from movie critics and has so far bombed at the box office.
The Oscar-winning director of Platoon and a Vietnam War veteran, Stone told the Agence France Presse news agency that he originally considered Obama "a man of great integrity," but he no longer feels that way.
"On the contrary, Obama has doubled down on the [George W.] Bush administration policies. [Obama] as created... the most massive global security surveillance state that's ever been seen, way beyond East Germany's Stasi, way beyond that. In the name of one thing -- terrorism -- to change all the rules is not a marginal response, it's an extreme response. Let's beware of fascists and tyrants who tell us 'we are going to protect you.' I don't want that."