The NSA’s PRISM program that looks at Americans’ emails and online interactions and phone calls and basically every electronic communication made, has made the news in the last couple days after the story was broken by the UK Guardian (and it tracks credit cart transactions, too).
Firsthand experience with these systems, and horror at their capabilities, is what drove a career intelligence officer to provide PowerPoint slides about PRISM and supporting materials to The Washington Post in order to expose what he believes to be a gross intrusion on privacy. “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” the officer said.
Obama (after someone brought him what to say) has had to go so far as to deny spying on US citizens, which is a certain type of lie:
With 310 million people to listen in on, the government’s computers are doing the listening. Then somebody listens later, as they’re storing all the data forever.
Obama’s gone out to say that you just have to trust him, to trust the Great Leader, to make good choices for you. The Constitution, which he routinely ignores, will somehow be used to keep this in check where we can’t see it, and we just have to trust the government – the same government which uses the IRS to target political enemies, spies on reporters and now on everyone, hushes up the deaths of ambassadors, and arms narcoterrorist cartels in Mexico.
But those who want coercive paternalism in government, a government that dictates to the people, are getting what they asked for. And for those who truly love Obama (and a few who just love the power of the state), it’s a good thing that the government is spying on you.
Remember this is what the liar said before he got into power, before he had the power to target his enemies with the IRS and track everyone with an intelligence system that was supposed to be used to track foreign communications, not domestic.
Everything he said was lip service or outright lies. It was a way to condemn Bush because Bush actually tried to target terrorists, but by using surveillance tools many people were at best skeptical of. Not because Obama disliked the power, but because he disliked the targets.
Obama has ignored the law when it was inconvenient for his entire term in office. There are no national security letters, there is simply spying. There is no more ignoring the law when it’s inconvenient, there’s ignoring the law always. The Constitution does work, and he hates it, so he ignores it. The law isn’t subject to the whims of stubborn rulers, it’s simply ignored as dictators do what they wish. Justice isn’t arbitrary, it’s ignored. Unless it’s social justice, which is just grievance-based violence given a thin veneer of civility.
He has stayed true to his claim that “violating civil liberties” isn’t the way to enhance national security, and he’s stuck with that. He’s using violations of civil liberties for consolidation of power, not for national security. It has nothing to do with national security, only political power and political security.
Bush’s use of Joe Biden’s Patriot Act was intended to go after terrorists and used as such, but was overly broad and would be susceptible to abuse. Liberals with their virulent hatred of Bush loathed the national security apparatus, because they project their own traits onto others. As liberals would abuse power to target their political enemies, they believed Bush would use it to come after them. It was easy for many to dismiss the liberal complaints, because Bush wasn’t going after them.
Problem was that it set up an apparatus for government to potentially or actually do things beyond the scope of the Constitution. Bush could’ve, but pretty much didn’t.
Obama can, and does.
With laws extensive enough to ignore the Constitution or hide in secret where there would never be Constitutional authority to keep them in check, we lost the rule of law and ended up with the rule of men. Bush was mostly benign. Obama has been almost wholly malevolent.
Now that the left is in charge and has been for 5 years, they do have the tools to use against their political enemies, and they are doing so. They are getting the big brother they wanted, and they are getting the control they wanted.
As one last insult to the citizenry, because the government is totally unaccountable to the citizens it was created to serve, the “debate” will be in secret, too.
As a note on the media, the NYT went out and condemned spying on US citizens, going so far as to say that Obama “has lost all credibility”. But like the good minions of the left they are, they went out and changed that because they remembered they’re Obama’s minions.
The New York Times edited its damning editorial condemning the Obama administration for collecting phone call data from Americans to make it less stinging shortly after the editorial was published online Thursday afternoon. …
NewsDiffs also showed that several other modifications had been made to the editorial, but none as significant as its change to the originally broad condemnation of the Obama administration.
The leftist media will try to turn this into a good thing. The media meme will be that he only spys on us because he cares about us, and he only beats us because he loves us.