FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
TRANSPARENCY IS SECRECY
History will note it was Monday, June 17, 2013, when President Barack Obama, so frustrated and no doubt exhausted at spinning one lie after another, trying to defend the indefensible fascist spy regime of the US government, finally decided to do the full 1984.
Asked by PBS host Charlie Rose if the NSA spy programs, and particularly the review process on approving warrants for wiretaps (and other spying), could be made more transparent to the American people, Obama replied:
“It is transparent. That’s why we set up the FISA court.”That’s the secret FISA court, which the American people get to know nothing about, and which was responsible for secretly OKing the expansion of the NSA spy program to include recording metadata on every phone call Americans make or receive. So secret was that change in the spy regime of the USA, that most members of Congress knew nothing whatsoever about it. Yet, Obama pointed to Congress as one check against any abuses in the program.
"[P]rivate life came to an end. Every citizen, or at least every citizen important enough to be worth watching, could be kept for twenty-four hours a day under the eyes of the police and in the sound of official propaganda, with all other channels of communication closed. The possibility of enforcing not only complete obedience to the will of the State, but complete uniformity of opinion on all subjects, now existed for the first time."—1984
During this interview, where Obama fought to reveal as little as possible about NSA, he revealed a great deal about himself, his gestures and his posture (addressing the American people Clapper-style—looking down) continuously screamed LIAR!
Also paternalistic jerk.
When Rose asked Obama on two separate occasions to tell the American people just one instance in which the secret FISA court had reviewed a spy regime request for a warrant and had turned it down, the President refused to answer the question, telling Rose he wasn’t “finished” evading the issue.
Obama said to Rose after one request for a clarification on the FISA review process:
“Let, let me finish here Charlie ‘cause I want to make sure—this debate has gotten cloudy very quickly.”Rose agreed: “Exactly.”
Then Obama never did answer Rose’s question.
When Rose asked a second time if the FISA court had ever turned down a warrant request, Obama implied the approval rate for warrants is high because the assumption is that spies (or cops) don’t make requests for them unless there is compelling evidence to do so:
“Folks don’t go with a query unless they’ve got a pretty good suspicion.”
Rose did not ask what the measure of “pretty good suspicion” is. And Obama did not explain it.
As the New York Times said today:
"Perhaps the court is transparent to [Obama] and the intelligence agencies, but it is utterly opaque to the public. All decisions by the court are top secret. The court has refused to release its interpretations of federal law, even in summary form, and without identifying details. If the president is serious about declassifying some secrets, he should have said he would start with the court."Instead, Obama has said he has turned the matter of opening things up to his DNI, James Clapper, a man who has admitted to lying before Congress. Also, Obama said he wanted to "set up and structure a national conversation", but only within the controlled environment of his hand-picked "privacy and civil liberties oversight board".
In other words, yet again a "national" review of an important issue will be managed by Obama within a small, insular, environment, protected from any review or criticism from the American people, who increasingly are viewed and treated by this president as whiny children who are just making his job harder with all their blither-blather about rights.
If it were not for the fact that impeachment as a process is hopelessly discredited, President Obama deserves to be removed from office. But then, so does the entire, horrible, government he leads—including Congress, the Supreme Court—the whole lot of them.
They have failed the people.