Obama's NSA spying: Eloquence vs. Honesty


Thanks to whistleblower Edward Snowden and a perked-up national press corps now questioning the Obama Administration more closely, we're learning just what a disconnect there is between the official Obama Administration line on its program to spy on Americans and the truth.

First truth to learn is that for however much you might blame the Bush Administration for NSA spying, Bush is nothing compared to the Obama Administration. Obama has taken hugh liberties with our civil rights, all the while saying publicly how sensive he is to our rights. It's wholesale BS.

Get a load of this Washington Post story that details how the Bush Administration asked for, and received, restrictions on the NSA from using intercepted phone calls and emails to deliberately spy on Americans. It was the Obama Administration in 2011 that went to court and sought to reverse those restrictions. The court granted Obama's request.

The second truth comes in the realization of just how much doublespeak the Obama administration uses to essentially mislead the American people about what they are doing.

But don't take my word for it. Here's the reporting from the Washington Post:

"Together the permission to search and to keep data longer expanded the NSA’s authority in significant ways without public debate or any specific authority from Congress. The administration’s assurances rely on legalistic definitions of the term 'target' that can be at odds with ordinary English usage. The enlarged authority is part of a fundamental shift in the government’s approach to surveillance: collecting first, and protecting Americans’ privacy later.

" 'The government says, 'We’re not targeting U.S. persons,’ ” said Gregory T. Nojeim, senior counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology. 'But then they never say, ‘We turn around and deliberately search for Americans’ records in what we took from the wire.’ That, to me, is not so different from targeting Americans at the outset.' ”

And so, fellow "targets," we come to the third truth. This is an over-arching truth that applies to this president in general and on most any topic:  Eloquence is no substitute for honesty.