While US embassies around the world are closed or being evacuated, our president hadn't said a darn thing about this global terror threat until he was asked about in last night on Jay Leno. I love Leno, but what does it say about Obama that his first comments addressing highly critical issues are made on a late night comedy show? The optics of this are important and it points to Obama's failed leadership, in my opinion.
But Jay Leno also asked Obama about the NSA surveillance programs, an issue which has caused quite the debate in the United States over the balance between privacy and security. Obama told Jay Leno, “We don't have a domestic spying program.” Obama goes on to say, “What we do have is some mechanisms that can track a phone number or an email address that is connected to a terrorist attack...That information is useful."
Don't have a domestic spying program? The fact of the matter is that we may not have a “domestic” spying program, but we have a “spying program” here in America. The administration wants us to believe that it is limited to simply meta data applied to foreign terrorist activity but that is simply not the case. This meta data is being collected on every American, regardless of whether or not you are linked to foreign terrorism. We also learned this week that this data is being used to then investigate domestic crime! Did you miss that report? Here's the report from Reuters released on Monday of this week:
“A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.
Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin - not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.”
So not only is this data being used domestically for crimes unrelated to terrorism, but then our government is instructing these agencies to lie about the fact that this information was gained by such surveillance methods! Agents actually build “parallel construction” investigations to coverup the fact that information has been gained through this surveillance, which is a clear violation of civil liberties.
Obama is lying. Our government has information on every American, regardless of a link to terrorism. That information is being used in some cases as the basis to go after domestic crime. Does he truly believe we are ignorant enough to buy his lies?