The actions of Barack Insane Obama grow daily more and more like those of a third world despotic dictator. When publicly confronted with the numerous and varied illegal actions of his administrations subordinates his first response is to lie, then to obfuscate, to mock and ridicule those confronting him, and finally to appoint individuals with highly vested interests in disproving those allegations as the very individuals to investigate them.
Take James Clapper, now tasked with investigating the illegal actions of NSA. Yes, that’s right, the very same James Clapper who was forced to admit that he lied to congress regarding the very scope of the NSA illegal surveillance of the American people.
posted at 9:21 am on August 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama wants to assure the American people that he wants an national debate about domestic surveillance, and an honest accounting about and reform of the NSA’s activities. In order to get all of this accomplished, Obama has appointed Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — the man who misled Congress during direct testimony on all of the above — to lead an investigation into the NSA and its surveillance activities. How’s that for a confidence builder?
Whatever the accuracy of the claims of former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Snowden and Greenwald, the columnist through whom he’s carried out most of his leaks over the past few months, the storm of outrage over allegations that NSA intelligence collection frequently targets the phone calls and emails of US citizens has gotten the attention of President Barack Obama.
Today, Obama ordered Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to name an outside panel to review the United State’s global collection of signals intelligence – meaning its efforts to target phone calls, internet messages, and various forms of electronic communication.
While the letter appears to focus on the risk of leaks and counter-intelligence by enemies, more than on concerns that the Constitution is being violated by NSA dragnets, it’s clear that Obama is worried about the backlash.
Not worried enough, though. The appointment of Clapper comes on the heels of the revelations that he lied to Congress at least once and possibly more often about the nature of the NSA’s surveillance programs, and that he wasn’t the only administration official to do so. This follows the nothing-to-see-here-move-along strategy of “investigations” in the Obama administration, in which the fox investigates the henhouse and finds no crime has been committed. The DoJ is currently employing that strategy with its subsidiary DEA on the same issue of warrantless surveillance on Americans, so why not Clapper with the NSA, too?
Count Adam Serwer a skeptic from the Left, too:
Having Clapper lead the Review Group may seem like assigning the alpha fox to check IDs at the door to the hen house. During a Senate hearing in March, Clapper told Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden that the NSA did not collect Americans’ communications data at all. After former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked a court order to the press requesting data for millions of Verizon customers, Clapper admitted to having been “cute” with his response to Wyden.
Clapper’s announcement also places the Review Group’s priorities in a curious order. When Obama described the concept for the review group during a press conference last Friday, he said a group of “outside experts” would “consider how we can maintain the trust of the people, how we can make sure that there absolutely is no abuse in terms of how these surveillance technologies are used, ask how surveillance impacts our foreign policy, particularly in an age when more and more information is becoming public.”
With Obama, public trust was the first priority of the Review Group. Clapper’s announcement placed it last.
I shall not be as polite or dainty in my wording. Having James Clapper investigate the NSA is the same as having Al Capone investigate bootlegging in Chicago, or Pablo Escabar investigating cocaine smuggling. In either case the conclusion is a forgone matter long before any so called investigation even begins.
This is the level of corruption that infests both the Obamanation Administration and Mordor on the Potomac these days. Where an independent prosecutor should be appointed, Obama instead appoints someone whose hands are covered with the very filth they are tasked with investigating. On the occasions when Obama did appoint independent prosecutors, he also illegally fired them because they threatened to actually do their jobs, which would have both put Obama in a very bad light, and genuinely offended him.
This is the very reason that no one has been held accountable for either Operation Fast and Furious or Benghazi (or any of the dozens of other Obamanation Administration scandals being locked away in the dark by the Treasonous Fifth Column Media). Genuine honest and arduous investigations of either incidents would not only lead right straight back to Barack Insane Obama, but force a full Impeachment hearing against him, most likely even criminal prosecution of Barack Insane Obama. But like Idi Amin or Hugo Chavas, Obama has no intention of upholding either the law, or his oath of office, and he damn sure has no intention of defending the Constitution of the United States of America.