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August 15, 2013 - 9:00 pm

Or, he was lying.

At a news conference Friday, President Obama insisted that the threat of NSA abuses was mostly theoretical:

If you look at the reports, even the disclosures that Mr. Snowden’s put forward, all the stories that have been written, what you’re not reading about is the government actually abusing these programs and, you know, listening in on people’s phone calls or inappropriately reading people’s e-mails.

What you’re hearing about is the prospect that these could be abused. Now part of the reason they’re not abused is because they’re — these checks are in place, and those abuses would be against the law and would be against the orders of the FISC [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court].

Today our colleague Barton Gellman released new documents that contradicted Obama’s claims.

Much more at the link.

It turns out that the NSA did abuse its authority, it hid its abuses from the FISA court, and that court doesn’t even have the resources to oversee the NSA adequately and investigate allegations of wrongdoing. It even literally did listen in on phone calls.

The FISC is forced to rely upon the accuracy of the information that is provided to the Court [...] The FISC does not have the capacity to investigate issues of noncompliance, and in that respect the FISC is in the same position as any other court when it comes to enforcing [government] compliance with its orders.

Fox, henhouse.

h/t Instapundit

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Actually, when you know the problem exists and it continues to happen without correction, thats abuse.
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The level of integrity exhibited by Commander Zero is approximately equal to the square root of minus one. That is, it is imaginary.
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No, WaPo, he wasn't "Wrong" he was lying! (As usual)
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34 weeks ago
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Clearly Obama was wrong. Maybe he misspoke. Only Republicans lie.
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Hope Andrew McCarthy reads this. He's made a yeoman's effort in defending the NSA but when the administration brazenly breaks the law trust becomes the issue. You don't want to give enemies of the Constitution more power whether they are from overseas -- or not.
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If this is actually from the WaPo, who could be surprised. Just another day, another lie in the ongoing protection of our little king and his minions.
35 weeks ago
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Well, it may be a bombshell but so far I'm not hearing any earth-shattering kaboom. I don't think the American public cares.
35 weeks ago
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Right after 9/11 many newsreaders published articles quoting conversations between passengers on the lanes and their loved ones at home that they made on the cell phones.

While it is possible that some newspaper person spoke to them and got those quotes and shared them with newspapers. On the other hand we know that project Echelon was recording all cell phones calls in the United States and it is just as likely that was the source.

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As someone who has worked in the so-called ISR [Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance] community for over 30 years I must point out that agencies such as the NSA are producers of intelligence information. They do not perform this function in a vacuum - someone requests that information.
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I love the 'icon' attached to this story.

Isn't it sad when most of the citizens of a country know and understand that when their supposed leader speaks, they know, it is at best, a half truth but more often as not, a complete lie. God help us.
35 weeks ago
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Please forgive my lousy grammar, I haven't had a cup of coffee yet.......

We need (I need) an edit button.
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Subterfuge, misdirection, stonewalling, distraction and secrecy and outright dishonesty are the staples of this administration. Even when the truth is exposed in plain sight before the general public, it is exposed in a way that fails to help the public come to grips with what is at stake or what the real implications are to the general welfare of our great nation. There are so many serious scandals floating around these days that never seem to find a just resolution that the public in general has become numb to the noise and frankly have lost all hope in our governments ability to maintain justice and keep the checks and balances that are needed to safeguard our country from corruption.
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You guys are covering Obama's ass,too,you know.He wasn't "wrong",he was lying.Spare me the pussyfooting euphemisms.
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