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June 8, 2013 - 8:34 pm
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The Obama administration assured reporters at the China summit in Palm Springs on Saturday afternoon that they were busy getting to the bottom of the latest controversy in which it was revealed that millions of Americans phone records were being accessed by the NSA and operation PRISM was snooping on web browsing and email communications.

That is, the administration is determined to bust whoever leaked the information about the programs to the Guardian and Washington Post, respectively.

“What we’re focused on doing right now, and you’ve seen this in the DNI statement, is, frankly, doing an assessment of the damage that is being done to U.S. national security by the revelation of this information, which is necessarily secret because the United States needs to be able to conduct intelligence activities without those methods being revealed to the world,” foreign policy speechwriter and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told the media at a joint press conference with National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.

The White House tried to keep the focus on the meeting of President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, but reporters were anxious for a chance to ask the national security team about the FISA case. And administration officials made clear that the man embroiled in another scandal over stifling press freedom by seizing the AP’s phone records and labeling Fox News correspondent James Rosen a co-conspirator will be key in a probe of the surveillance program leaks.

“So currently there’s a review underway, of course, to understand what potential damage may be done. As it relates to any potential investigations, we’re still in the early stages of this,” Rhodes continued.

“Obviously the Justice Department would have to be involved in that. So this is something that I think will be addressed in the coming days by the Justice Department of the intelligence community in consultation with the full interagency that’s been affected by these very disturbing leaks of national security information,” he added.

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Let me see.
Fast and Furious. Benghazi. IRS. AP. Fox. Verizon. NSA's "Prism".

Plus a bunch of scandals about lots of public money given to "friends of Obama" companies.
What do you think the situation would be if a REPUBLICAN administration had done all this ?
Full page titles on all the newspapers every day. Anchor men screaming all the evening long. Rallies, riots.

What's the situation now ?
The silence of the lambs.

A Republic without free press is doomed.


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Anybody giving odds on whether all those fancy databases the Obama Campaign was using in the '12 election are directly linked to these surveilance programs?

The way they won those vital "battleground states" was a combination of identifying and getting out "their" vote and voter fraud in urban/Democrat areas in case they didn't get out enough of their vote. There used to be a certain amount of luck involved in knowing whether or not a name on the voter rolls still lived in the precinct/district. A comprehensive electronic surveilance program takes the luck out of it and you have gold-standard voter names: people who don't exist or who no longer live in the precinct. You can safely vote them absentee in places where the count is controlled by Democrats or you can just saddle up the vans and give your "voters" a name to vote under at each polling place that the Democrats control.
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Let me get this straight.

The Justice Department has apparently convinced the courts to give it a search warrant that lets it determine details about virtually every phone call made from or to the United States - and every email too from the sounds of it - which the drafters of the Patriot Act themselves say is WAY beyond what they intended.

Now that this massive monitoring effort is revealed, the Justice Department makes it a top priority to find out who told the press but DOESN'T make any effort to scale back its monitoring. Apparently, it's far more important to punish whoever revealed their own scandalous overreach than to dial back the overreach.

Is this still America or did I miss the memo that announced this is now a surveillance state like the countries in the old Soviet bloc?
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and why is it that I don't trust Holder any more.

Could it be his part in:

mark Rich pardon
FALN pardon
black panther intimidation failure to prosecute
Fast and Furious.
Media scandal
45 weeks ago
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as was being commented on today by Rush, even without the actual conversation it is easy to piece together what is being discussed.

You call HIV hot line, call your doctor, call your health provider, call your doctor. Anyone think what those conversations could be about.

How about a call to NRA, then calls to congress, and which congressmembers you call. Don't think one can speculate on what those calls were about.

And so on and so on.
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As I'm writing I can see the comment below: Did Barack Obama order Prism be leaked.? Mai oui, you can bet your backside he did. The more smoke and mirrors the better. All this hooha being created is the perfect cover for the Amnesty bill O is working with fevered brow to bring to us by this summer, isn't that what he stated? The war on poverty is a dismal failure with generations entrenched in the welfare system to the point that their death is the only fleeting relief we'll get because there are many more waiting in line hands out. You understand the recipients are ENTITLED. Entitlement means 3 or 4 Obamaphones ( I saw one young girl with 12-not all Ophones-but 12 nevertheless and she said she had more at home. NO ONE BLINKED. All this on national TV and the net. Appalling. Those with hands out will never come to grips with reality. Reality doesn't exist in O's lexicon and if the lord and savior of the left has no reality why should his devotees confront it?
45 weeks ago
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DID BARACK OBAMA ORDER THAT PRISM BE LEAKED?

You've got to be very, very suspicious that the "reckless disclosure" of the PRISM program (which doesn't compromise national security) ultimately came from the White House, and is in all likelihood the work of Barack Obama (the great leaker, distracter and chaos maker in chief) to divert attention from the scandal trifecfta of Benghazi, IRS targeting and spying on reporters that's rocking Washington and practically has him by the balls. Forget PRISM and the challenge by big government lefties like Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf who tweeted: "This [PRISM] should be a litmus test for Republicans: either take action against this program, or never invoke liberty or limited government again." Nothing would delight the Obama administration more. But it mustn't happen. Leave PRISM alone Repubicans! Obama is untouchable on it. The three big scandals have Obama running scared-especially the Conservative/Tea Party IRS targeting which is getting dangerously close to the White House. What we must do is squeeze and squeeze and squeeze Obama on trifecta-gate until he screams I QUIT! and resigns in disgrace like Nixon-or leaves office so damaged personally and ideologically that Americans will never elect someone like him again.
45 weeks ago
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No, Benghazi is the root; the Administration leaked the IRS story to knock it below the fold. Obama is in no danger of impeachment. If they have to throw a cabinet officer to the wolves; that's what they're there for and he can pardon any that are that important. HRC is the annointed successor if the "transformation" is to continue. If she is so far down in the polls because of the Benghazi debacle being laid on her, they can't credibly steal another election while maintaining the illusion that we still have a republican democracy and anything the Congress does actually matters. If they can't credibly steal it, they have to do something dramatic that will enable the Soros Junta to remain in power; it won't be pretty.
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Spot on, Art...Benghazi is the key to everything. They know it is the one issue even a lot of democrats could not support or justify. if Benghazi can be proven as the despicable political power play that cost American lives...Dear Leader is toast.

By the way...there are scores of survivors who have yet to speak, not to mention some pretty pissed off specops types who are not very happy about their brother's being left ODF - Out Dere Flappin is the linguist translation for the non-Ranger types out there.
45 weeks ago
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We will fully investigate my administration's role and my role in these alleged scandals. Trust me, we will get to the bottom of this.



(nudge, nudge, wink, wink)
45 weeks ago
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Look what happened to Petraeus! Its all for our benefit. To keep us safe from terrorists like the Boston bombers. The ones that they had right in their sights and ignored.

GM
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I wonder what someone like Nate Silver (538.com) would have been able to do with the NSA data?

The 2012 Presidential election was stolen by fraud, intimidation, and the use of NSA data for political purposes.

45 weeks ago
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The Obama administration will NEVER do a complete investigation of this matter or, at least, report to the public what it found. Why? Because the smoking gun is where PRISM connects with the IRS ant-TEA Party campaign!
PRISM and the NSA resources are designed to root out and identify terrorists. They collect data based on a communications web and then follow that web to all participants. That's fine by me so long as the target is Abdullah from down-town Yemen. But, it must have been so easy for someone to say, "We already track US motor cycle gangs and militias on the basis that they are terroristic, why not a bunch of these evil TEA Party chapters?"
These are Chicago thugs we're talking about (no offense, Timmy). There is no way that they didn't see how the self-defense mechanisms in place wouldn't be of value in Obama's reelection campaign.
The next question is, "How are they actually being used in the 2014 Congressional campaign?"
45 weeks ago
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It is almost a certainty that the mined date is either directly linked to OFA or they have left a backdoor of some sort that allows OFA to mine the NSA mined domestic data. These people would not be able to resist the opportunity and it fits in with all the crowing they did about their fantastic ground game effort in the battleground states. That door-to-door ground game story was just cover for their use of the mined data. Now that Obama For America has become Organizing For America, rest assured the effort continues. Sure would be nice to know who is really paying for OFA. In a sane world some people would be having 9mm brain hemorhages.
45 weeks ago
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Well, the IRS scandals got Benghazi out of the news. Now Benghazi is Old News and has been settled for good by promoting Powers to the UN post, undoubtedly as a deliberate middle finger . Hull will be a scapegoat for the IRS scandals, maybe one or two firings of a low level agent, then that will be the last we hear of the iRS-the NSA scandal got it out of the news.

Don't expect anything to come out of the NSA scandal either. If Romney were in the WH, you would see a LOT more outrage on the part of the media and on the part of leftists. As it is, their outrage is tempered by the well-known fact that failure to be enthusiastically supportive of anything BHO does or which happens on his watch is "racist".

I lurk on leftist/liberal sites, both political and non political/social. While there is outrage, there is also a lackadaisical attitude that would not be there or would be much attenuated if a Republican were in the Oval Office. The always-loathsome Gawker site Jezebel outdid itself with its nauseating post, How Much Does the NSA Know About Your Pathetic Personal Behavior? (google title to read article). This article shows the typical liberal attitude in its full "glory": "They know what fan fics I like to read, and my lame taste in music! OMG, I'm soooo embarrassed! Giggle, giggle!" Just repulsive.

But while there is some outrage, I am beginning to see the formation of the meme they'll use as a way to not be mad at BHO, and it's not even Ol' Reliable, "But GWB did it too and you're just mad 'cause BHO's black!" Rather, they're falling back on one of their oldest beliefs : That individuals don't matter, only groups, and that the needs of the group (safety) outweigh the needs of the individual (privacy). This will not only make the USA safer, it will make it abetter, more "cohesive" society in the long run. (I daresay they anticipate that the NSA spying, coupled with IRS power abuses , will create a reluctance to post conservative opinions online, for fear of retaliation-hence the "cohesiveness", ie terror of publicly refuting or disagreeing with any Approved Position on any issue.) In the midst or real outrage, coupled by a desire to downplay the scandal lest BHO be criticized, I am seeing that meme on more and more sites. Expect that to become the main liberal talking point by the end of the week, as it fits in so well with both their world view and their desperate need to support and defend BHO.
45 weeks ago
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Who will investigate the government leaks to David Axelrod’s pals at the Chicago Tribune?

http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2013/06/08/who-will-investigate-the-government-leaks-to-david-axelrods-pals-at-the-chicago-tribune/
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