The latest in a long line of interviews defending NSA surveillance came from President Obama on MSNBC today, during which he insisted the NSA is doing “a very good job” of not spying on Americans.
The pre-recorded comments were taped after the leak of the NSA tracking peoples’ movements worldwide, including many Americans. Obama insisted that the NSA was doing that because of terrorism, and that without it, weapons of mass destruction would be hitting the New York subway system.
Obama went on to dismiss concerns about overseas abuses, insisting the NSA is “not constrained by laws” on foreign surveillance and can do whatever it wants.
He followed this up with promises of unspecified “reforms,” while continuing to deny any wrongdoing. His comments suggested the reforms wouldn’t involve changing any actual laws or doing anything tangible, but would rather involve asking the NSA to show more “self-restraint” in some unspecified ways.
4 thoughts on “Obama Praises NSA, Promises Future ‘Self-Restraint’”
Obama in establishment puppet mode, putting a smile on the criminal activity of the shadow government.
"Self-Restrain?" I call this the "NSA waterboarding," continue to spy on Americans to a point of near death experience, we wont notice a thing. New York is not the only city with a subway system, can someone pass this on to Obama.?
The NSA spies for Israel and shovels raw, unredacted data to this foreign country who, at the very least, undermines US commercial interests.
It needs to be shut down and the traitors imprisoned.
Democracy and freedom were never, and can never, be based on the idea that a government will exercise self-restraint in protecting peoples freedoms and liberties. These powers will always be abused in ways ranging from officials spying on lovers and ex-lovers to spying on journalists that try to tell the truth about what a government was doing to sending the IRS and the FBI after political opponents. The only way this is prevented is by having laws that say this can't be done, and real oversight that makes sure that anyone who breaks these important laws ends up in an orange jumpsuit and shackles serving a long term in federal prison for the high crime of attacking the freedom and liberty of the American people.
If we were truly a free and democratic country, Obama would have been impeached by now. Just like Dubya before him.
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