Nobody was surprised yesterday when conservatives called out Obama on his blatant lie regard the US Federal Government spying on the American people, that was a given. Today’s delicious schadenfreude is brought to you at the expense of millions of brain-dead liberal Marxist Democrats all across America who today are frantically recalibrating their cognitive dissonance to keep their heads from exploding.
posted at 9:21 am on August 8, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
On Tuesday, Barack Obama insisted that the US government isn’t spying on Americans by surveilling the contents of their communications. Less than two days later, the New York Times makes hash of that claim. The NSA, reports Charlie Savage, sifts through the content of “vast amounts” of electronic communications between Americans and people abroad in their search for links to terrorism, and not just the metadata:
The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans’ e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials.
The N.S.A. is not just intercepting the communications of Americans who are in direct contact with foreigners targeted overseas, a practice that government officials have openly acknowledged. It is also casting a far wider net for people who cite information linked to those foreigners, like a little used e-mail address, according to a senior intelligence official.
While it has long been known that the agency conducts extensive computer searches of data it vacuums up overseas, that it is systematically searching — without warrants — through the contents of Americans’ communications that cross the border reveals more about the scale of its secret operations.
Well, it’s not like anyone actually bought that nonsense from Obama on the Tonight Show. Even one of Obama’s former key aides, Van Jones, openly scoffed at the claim that the NSA wasn’t spying on Americans:
“Everybody knows I love this president, but this is ridiculous,” said Jones. “We do have a spying program, and we need to figure out how to balance these out.”
Jones also criticized the Obama administration’s treatment of whistleblowers.
“You are prosecuting more whistleblowers than every American president combined,” said Jones. “You can’t yuck it up and say, well, whistleblowers come on out and we’ll treat you right.”
How does the NSA choose its targets? Generously, at least in regard to cross-border collection:
To conduct the surveillance, the N.S.A. is temporarily copying and then sifting through the contents of what is apparently most e-mails and other text-based communications that cross the border. The senior intelligence official, who, like other former and current government officials, spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, said the N.S.A. makes a “clone of selected communication links” to gather the communications, but declined to specify details, like the volume of the data that passes through them.
I have absolutely no sympathy or compassion for those who have made “The end justifies the means” their only moral or ethical standard. I opposed and found “The Patriot Act” repugnant when enacted by the Bush Administration. Spying isn’t wrong because it’s being done on the authorization of Barack Insane Obama. It’s wrong because it is a violation of the United States Constitution. It’s wrong because it is what tyrants and despots do, not what free people do to their CITIZENS.
Sadly, that vast majority of the liberal left are those for whom the ideology that “The end justifies the means” is their only moral or ethical standard. They will give their full and unrestricted approval to anything that their party does, yet would vehemently decry the exact same practices or policies if done by the opposition. They have absolutely no moral or ethical stands beyond what they perceive as winning.
The only reason that the New York Slime’s or Van Jones are making any effort to correct Barack Insane Obama, is that they know that anything they give blanket approval over that Obama does, when the Republicans reclaim the Whitehouse, will be fair game for the Republicans to employ by their own moral and ethical standards.
Neither the New York Slime’s nor Van Jones are suggesting that their is anything wrong with the federal government spying on American’s, they are just carefully hedging their bet’s so that when a Republican Administration is voted in, they will not be trapped into claiming that spying isn’t as Whoopie Goldberg would say, spying spying.