Obama Defends NSA Surveillance, But Is Anyone Buying It?

'Welcomes Debate' Started by Leaks He Angrily Condemns

President Obama continues to put on his best “reassuring” face every day when he addresses the NSA surveillance scandal, insisting that he is entirely comfortable with the surveillance and wants to make sure everyone else is comfortable with it.

And clearly we’re not, and President Obama knows we’re not because the NSA is reading all those emails Americans have been trading about how uncomfortable we are at being surveilled.

President Obama brags about the situation as proof of his “transparency,” but the reality is that he got caught, well into his second term in office, in a decidedly secret scheme, and has been fighting vigorously to punish the whistleblower who uncovered it.

That and Obama’s claims that he “welcomes debate” don’t make a lot of sense, since the whole reason the debate is even happening is because of the leaks, and the debate consists of people pointing out the horrible things the leaked documents say are going on and being met by blanket denials and calls for calm.

The debate Obama desperately wants to convince us he wants could be facilitated in no small measure if he would tell us literally anything specific about the program, because at the end of the day, he’s simply appealing to Americans to trust him when the leaks show he is decidedly untrustworthy.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.