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Obama Silent on Surveillance Controversy

by Keith Koffler on June 7, 2013, 8:23 am

Updated at 12:30 pm ET

President Obama said nothing Thursday as the nation was gripped by news that the National Security Agency has been tracking the telephone calls and Internet behavior of millions of Americans.

Obama, who is traveling, had ample opportunity to say something before departing the White House around midday. He made three different speeches – at an education event in North Carolina and two fundraisers in California – but never once alluded to the controversy.

Instead, he left it to a deputy press secretary to issue a carefully worded statement.

Here’s part of it:

The intelligence community is conducting court-authorized intelligence activities pursuant to a public statute with the knowledge and oversight of Congress and the intelligence community in both houses of Congress.  There is also extensive oversight by the executive branch, including the Department of Justice and relevant agency counsels and inspectors general, as well as annual and semi-annual reports to Congress as required by law . . .

My final point here:  The president welcomes a discussion of the tradeoffs between security and civil liberties.

Obama will have many opportunities to correct the situation today, starting with a speech he is delivering on Obamacare in San Jose, California at 8:50 am Pacific time.

The White House strategy with respect to the various scandals Obama is facing has consistently been to portray the president as an almost disinterested observer who gets his information on the news like everyone else. But with even allies turning on his over these latest revelations, Obama likely will need a more direct response that explains his views on the matter and acknowledged his responsibility.

UPDATE: Obama finally addressed the issue Friday in San Jose, California, defending the surveillance as necessary and noting it is subject to oversight by both Congress and the judiciary.

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Mandy Manners June 7, 2013 at 8:27 am

Ya’ bloody hypocrite!

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Bill June 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

Very true.

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Playrighter June 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

His early political mantra: “Present”.

Today’s Obama motto: “I’m out of here!”

When fans complimented Obama’s detachment, they likely weren’t considering that he would detach himself from nearly any accountability (except when he could be described as having a spine of steel, even when those facts seem to show otherwise).

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DeniseVB June 7, 2013 at 11:45 am

Rand Paul takes us back to Senator Obama via the Uk Guardian :)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/07/nsa-verizon-surveillance-constitution

Not only was Obama critical of Bush, but double downed on the Bush policies. Guess this is okie-dokie with Team Obama because shut up that’s why, racists ;)

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Geoff Caldwell June 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

Just another thing he’ll blame on Bush. Only I do believe when all the facts come out, Bush never pushed for an all out blanket surveillance covering both IN and OUT of the country.
But in the end it all goes back to the Patriot Act and passing legislation in knee jerk fashion following tragedy.
As for Bush or Obama I’ll take neither and look back to Franklin:
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”
Yes, the “times” have changed since those so wise words were spoken so many years ago, but the principle behind them is timeless.

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Dan L June 7, 2013 at 9:31 am

Obama is wearing out AF1 attending fundraisers.

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peter June 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

Don’t you remember something called DARPA

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Langley Spook June 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm

“Defense Advance Research Projects Agency”?

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Dave June 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Go ahead and finish, peter.

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Dwain Meyer June 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Remember? It still exists. So what?

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Rick F June 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Sorry, but Bush in fact did push for total surveilance and the program was called “Total Information Awareness”. We thought though that the idea had been killed. Apparently not.

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Robin H June 7, 2013 at 8:36 am

“Obama likely will need a more direct response that explains his views on the matter and acknowledged his responsibility.”

I’m not going to hold my breath.

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MI June 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

He is a fascist.

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Julie Brueckheimer June 7, 2013 at 10:20 am

Pure and simple.

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GMan June 7, 2013 at 9:22 am

You just put Obama and responsibility in the same sentence. That might be a grammatical error at the very least.

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Dwain Meyer June 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Certainly an oxymoron if not a complete non sequitur.

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stukinIL4now June 7, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Oh no, Nanny Gloom’n’Doomberg is gonna get him for “speaking” bad grammar, never mind that it’s written.

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srdem65 June 7, 2013 at 8:39 am

“extensive oversight”. I bet there is.

If this information is being shared with government agencies, including the DOJ, then what was the comedy about getting a search warrant for the phone records of the AP offices and JamesRosen? According to the statement issued by the WhiteHouse, the DOJ already had all the records available without a warrant.

The Senators and elected officials who want us to believe that this is no big deal and it’s for the greater good have abandoned their responsiblities of defending the constitution.
The potential for mischief and violation of privacy rights are tremendously apparent; a disgruntled or criminal minded employee with access to private communications could use this information as blackmail against someone, or expose private secret contacts in legal disputes.

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Mandy Manners June 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

If this information is being shared with government agencies, including the DOJ, then what was the comedy about getting a search warrant for the phone records of the AP offices and JamesRosen? According to the statement issued by the WhiteHouse, the DOJ already had all the records available without a warrant.

SNIP
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Good question.

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Julie Brueckheimer June 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

And yet, they did not have any records on Tamerlan Tsarnaev catching their eye.

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Star June 7, 2013 at 10:57 am

I thought of that, too, Julie–did they pluck the bros out of the megadata? Not that I know of.

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dwstick June 7, 2013 at 2:18 pm

But the did. The Russian government warned the Obama administration about them long before the bombing, yet they chose to ignore it.

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Susan June 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

Eric Holder was asked yesterday (under oath) if the regime has been monitoring the phone calls of Congress members. He refused to answer the question definitively. Those Senators and elected officials who are defending this practice of spying on Americans are either power hungry statists, or this regime has the goods on them. I’m thinking it’s a combination of both. Just remember the names of everyone of our elected officials who are condoning this practice come election time. Lyndsey Graham is up for re-election in 2014 and he needs to be retired by the good people of South Carolina.

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Jim1937 June 7, 2013 at 10:49 am

Susan, what he failed to say was all that was needed to show they have indeed monitored congressional phone conversations, at least those of Republicans. His lame statement that he would address the question in a different forum says clearly that monitoring has taken place, otherwise it would have been an emphatic NO.

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Star June 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

That is what O’Reilly said, SrDem–what if some congressman called “Trixie” at the “Hot Lips Massage Parlor”–Bill has a way with hypotheticals.

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Wentworth Cheswell June 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

The comedy was to threaten the media, let them know if you cross us, we’ll take you down…it was only used as a threat to let them know they had better not do any stories against the Obama admin…..we don’t have to have IRS investigations either, because we have all the phone calls and emails of the IRS and all the home emails and phone calls of the IRS agents and workers and all we need to do is go through them and we’ll have every question answered within hours….no need for this 3 ring circus of I know nothing, I see nothing, I take the 5th!

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Me June 8, 2013 at 8:30 am

Excellent point! Which comes to the REAL use of this surveillance; which is to serve Obama, not solve any threats to the citizens. The government already has the capability of mining and finding the truth regarding IRS, Benghazi, Boston Marathon, Fast and Furious, etc. And yet government officials on up to and including Obama answer “I don’t know.” Billions and billions have been quietly spent on surveillance over the last few years when our country is broke and it still doesn’t help us.

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swedishlady June 7, 2013 at 8:42 am

Well, I guess he is still silent because someone smart first has to write down some carefully worded lies for him to read from the Teleprompter. He will have “many opportunities to correct the situation ” ? But the damage is already done and the scandal is out ? How “correct” it ????
Those of us who felt that Barry was a creepy guy right from the beginning were not such crazy conspiracy-lunatics and racists after all. Now, I hope those hidden records will be dug up as well.

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RickW June 7, 2013 at 8:43 am

Scene at WH before Obama departure for west coast

BO: Valerie, should I say something about the surveillance issue?
V: No, just keep quiet. Smile and change the subject
BO: (shuffles feet) Well, I still wanna say something…Presidential
V: BARACK! As I SAID, SMILE…..jut out your jaw too.
BO: OK……do you want me to bring you back anything from the trip?
V: Yes…MONEY!……Now go get on the helicopter…..and don’t forget your teddy bear!

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MI June 7, 2013 at 8:51 am

Reggie Love is Obama’s teddy bear.

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cincycinco June 7, 2013 at 9:50 am

“Reggie Love is Obama’s teddy bear.” – MI

Although Jay-Z has a coke-filled one he shares with Barry on special occasions…

He got it for getting his stash into the country, back before Obama became President. Now, its more for the sentimental value. These days, who would DARE question the Emperor’s official troubador?

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Star June 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

Evidence?

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Julie Brueckheimer June 7, 2013 at 10:24 am

I thought Valerie was a little scary when she came out and flatly decreed that Eric Holder is going nowhere.

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Star June 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

I think that was meant for Holder!

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Julie Brueckheimer June 7, 2013 at 11:20 am
Star June 7, 2013 at 11:55 am

She was telling Holder he was not going anywhere–like an order…

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Julie Brueckheimer June 7, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Oh, I thought she was telling Congress and the American people that he ain’t leaving.

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Mann D. Lifeboats June 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm

She is, after all, the real POTUS.

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MNdoc June 7, 2013 at 8:44 am

Is anyone worried about a “secret court” making “secret rulings” that our elected representatives are “legally obligated” to keep secret from us? Or have I been reading too many novels about Europe in the 30′s when Germany had a representative government?

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Geoff Caldwell June 7, 2013 at 8:54 am

No doc, I’m not worried at all. I absolutely trust Obama and our beloved government to do everything possible in the most benevolent manner possible to keep my checks coming, my phone active, and my internet on.
Obama is the greatest President ever. He is cool, he is smart, he is hip, he is all things to all subjects.
He IS our most gracious Dear Leader and he IS great and good.
(Note to my estate attorney: When such time occurs that this nation finally pulls it’s head out of its a$$ please ensure that my relatives know that the above was not written of my own free will but was written during the dark times when oppression and payback were the norm and freedom and the Constitution were ignored.)

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swedishlady June 7, 2013 at 9:15 am

You are right MNdoc, the democracy is running off the rails.

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peter June 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

Yes, many of us have been worried about it for a long time. We have been screaming about it for years. Unlike many commenters on here, we didn’t wait for it to be a Democratic president to be up in arms about it.

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peter June 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

You do realize they have been doing this forms long time. I am glad you finally woke up, too bad you will go back to sleep if a Republican is elected.

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Star June 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

So you are here trying to insult us? Just checking.

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Wentworth Cheswell June 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

We deserve everything we get!

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Julie Brueckheimer June 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Who is ‘we’? I am not a collective, I have never been a masochist, and I do not personally feel guilty of or for something in connection to the scandals going on.

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Papajonl June 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

” They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices”.

– U.S. President Barack Obama gives the commencement address to the graduating class of The Ohio State University at Ohio Stadium on May 5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Robin H June 7, 2013 at 9:59 am

He is correct, it’s not lurking around the corner, it’s slapping us right in the face.

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MI June 7, 2013 at 8:48 am

OBama meets Verizon:
Can you hear me now?

Check out this video on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8BTs9x-1cA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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RickW June 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

LMAO Thank God for You Tube

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CopperheadCSA June 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

You didn’t just watch that did you Rick? Your NSA file just got another entry.

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Star June 7, 2013 at 11:03 am

Speaking of–despite the use of mundane profanity on here occasionally bringing down the tone, I think this site might be considered high info voters–so it is probably surveilled.

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Papajonl June 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Dare I say, “What an idiot! Just reinforces the fact that without a teleprompter he is as always just AN EMPTY SUIT…

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Mandy Manners June 7, 2013 at 9:02 am

They’re tracking our cell phones, land-lines, Internet usage and credit card purchases. It seems as if the only safe way to communicate is through the mail.

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mike June 7, 2013 at 9:22 am

ummm they read that as well

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Mandy Manners June 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

Got a link?

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Star June 7, 2013 at 11:05 am

LOL–my postman handed me a package the other day and said, “Here are the magazines from your friend.”

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Me June 8, 2013 at 8:43 am

Mine come open; I guess organic bird food is dangerous. I called UPS and they said it’s legal to open up packages. I guess it’s legal to leave them open too! I complained about how late they were arriving to my mail box and they said it was because of all the new security. I asked if they ever found any scary packages and they said “Not really.” No wonder the post office is going broke. Pigeons anyone?

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Wentworth Cheswell June 7, 2013 at 11:24 am

everybody I know is buying throw away phones now…use them, no tracking, and you can say what you want and use it up and throw it away! Funny the terrorists will be using their smart phones with no worry that the govt is watching them, and the Americans will be using throw away phones and meeting at the park to pass notes…..only a year ago Glenn Beck was telling us this was happening and the NSA whistleblowers he had on his show were deemed incompetent..eventhough they had decades in the NSA as high top ranking officials…until they blew the whitle that is…then they were arrested in their homes by guns and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the Obama law..which could be anything! Death by drive by drone!

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Mandy Manners June 7, 2013 at 9:19 am
Mark Ramm June 7, 2013 at 9:19 am

How can he comment on it until he’s read about it in the papers?

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Charles June 7, 2013 at 9:35 am

The only reason he comments when he sees it in the newpaper is cause he’s sure he’s been caught then.

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Greg C June 7, 2013 at 9:19 am

Obama knows he’s guilty and afraid of impeachment – I’m sure the truth will come out and hopefully he will be gone. A disgrace in the history books…

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D Larson June 7, 2013 at 9:31 am

The only person smiling is Jimmy Carter. By now he’s saying “I wasn’t that bad a President after all.”

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jimmy June 7, 2013 at 9:21 am

If everyone would agree with Chairman Obama there would be no need for any of this. The spying was only on the dissidents. Turn your heart to Obama and you will be left alone. Forward means to agree. Choose happiness over questions.

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Jim1937 June 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

Forward means over the cliff.

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mike June 7, 2013 at 9:21 am

Unfrikinbelievable!!

Welcome to Stalingrad comrades. the entire US gov has abandoned every piece of the constitution and bill of rights.

The tree of liberty is getting mighty thirsty

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cincycinco June 7, 2013 at 9:45 am

“The tree of liberty is getting mighty thirsty” – mike

But the “patriots” responsible for watering it are all tied up in tax court…

Darn it, typed that word…guess I need to get my documents in order…

As do YOU, mike…

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peter June 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

Talk about late to the party. Of course we were called traiters and unpatriotic when we criticized the republican surveillance machine. Too bad you didn’t help fight it back then, we might not be in the mess we’re in now.

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Star June 7, 2013 at 11:08 am

Plenty of Obama detractors also did not love Bush–so you can quit repeating this–we get where you stand.

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Susan June 7, 2013 at 11:29 am

Stop it. This isn’t a Republican vs Democrat issue…it’s an American issue. Let’s stop living in the past and work to make a better future for all of us and our progeny. Defeat tyranny at the ballot box and return to constitutional values and principles.

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Ted Gambogi June 7, 2013 at 9:24 am

So much for the “most transparent administration in history.”

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Otis Driftwood June 7, 2013 at 4:11 pm

well of course it’s Transparent.. just one way.

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gracepmc June 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

Sensenbrenner calls it a dragnet and an overreach and will be investigating what is going on. That’s a start.

Barack Obama is out of control.

And the Boston bombers–slipped through the cracks.

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Star June 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

And that is what I want–cracks I can get in.

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cntrlfrk June 7, 2013 at 9:29 am


Obama should simply give a speech every day stating: “President George W. Bush was right.”

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Dan L June 7, 2013 at 9:30 am

Obama is wearing out AF1 attending fundraisers. You would think that the economy is humming along instead the Unemployment rate just went up again. Worst president in US History without a doubt.

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Anonna June 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

He likes fund-raisers. He enjoys fund-raisers. A man can’t golf all the time.

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x3m1st June 7, 2013 at 9:32 am

Keep the comments nice and friendly…remember, we’re being watched!

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Mandy Manners June 7, 2013 at 9:45 am
Anonymous3 June 7, 2013 at 10:58 am

I agree.

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CopperheadCSA June 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

“If someone wants to know why their own government has decided to go on a fishing expedition through every personal record or private document — through library books they’ve read and phone calls they’ve made — this legislation gives people no rights to appeal the need for such a search in a court of law. No judge will hear their plea, no jury will hear their case. This is just plain wrong.” -Barak Obama, 2005

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billindallas June 7, 2013 at 9:41 am

“Bush did it, too! We told Congress! Nanner, nanner, nanner! You can’t touch me!”

THAT is the translation for the low information voters.

You are welcome.

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Jim1937 June 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

Low information with low IQ – a deadly voting combination that is destroying our country.

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peter June 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

But it’s true. Where were you when we were fighting while Bush was in office? My guess is calling us traitors.

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Thomas Collins June 7, 2013 at 11:42 am

Where were we? Try to remember. That was when the republicans were “eating each other”. It’s very convenient to forget that most conservatives hated the Bushes, but you were too busy gloating to notice.

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Walt June 7, 2013 at 9:45 am

But Obama didn’t know. He knows nothing, except of course what he does know and hides from under his desk. MR TRANSPARENT!!!!!!

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JimK June 7, 2013 at 9:46 am

Good luck with that.

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Bill June 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

America knows osama obama, the Marxist, muslim, lying sack of $h!t in the occupy White House movement is at the center of Fast & Furious, IRS, Benghazi, AP, Fox, Verizon, etc. scandals as well as those yet to be discovered; but he was very careful as not to leave a crumb trail to the oval office. Congress will have to look very closely and hopefully find a brave American who will “remember” and tell the truth.

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baxter4315 June 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

Wouldn’t hold my breath. Republicans have zero backbone.
Don’t forget “Dear Leader” found out about these things when he read about them in the newspaper.

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peter June 7, 2013 at 10:58 am

It’s not that Republicans have no backbone, they want to preserve these powers for use when they win the white house again.

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Sophia Weisheit June 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

“The intelligence community is conducting court-authorized intelligence activities pursuant to a public statute” After judge shopping?

“There is also extensive oversight by the executive branch, including the Department of Justice and relevant agency counsels and inspectors general” Extensive oversight as practiced by Hillary or Eric Holder? How can the executive branch ( Obama ) and the “Justice” Department have oversight when no one knows what is going on in their departments?

“My final point here: The president welcomes a discussion of the tradeoffs between security and civil liberties.” Yep, I’ll discuss it with you, and even look forward to it, however know that these discussions will change nothing, it will be nice talking to you, but eventually you all will have to bend to my will.

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peter June 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

Well atleast the Democrats are getting warrants, the republicans didn’t think that was even necessary.

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magicbeans June 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

Are we honestly supposed to take comfort in the fact that the executive branch including the DOJ is overseeing this? Are you kidding me?
Eric Holder is saying he lied to the Judge when he called Rosen a co-conspirator and a high flight risk so that he could secretly get his records. Why would he treat any of this data any different? And the IRS has shown this Government under Obama’s watch more than willing to harass people who oppose the President or his views. Now anyone; a congressman, a private citizen, or a Supreme Court Judge can be threatened with this stuff? How can we be expected to trust a President who just promoted a woman to head the NSA that lied to us for days?

And finally, it would be something to trade our civil liberties for security if we were secure but Obama and PRISM has not kept us safe. They didn’t stop the Boston bombers, they didn’t stop the guy who failed in Time Square, they didn’t stop Hasan at Ft Hood, and they didn’t stop the underwear bomber. We are not secure so the debate is over and we will take our civil liberties back thank you very much.

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Robin H June 7, 2013 at 10:09 am

Standing Ovation for this! That is exactly the problem!

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Julie Brueckheimer June 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

You are right. That is an excellent comment by magicbeans. Let’s hope he is a giant slayer because we could use one right now.

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Susan June 7, 2013 at 11:51 am

Ditto! Well said, magicbeans.

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Woofie June 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Best post here today.

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Amagi June 7, 2013 at 9:55 am

Is that the same ‘extensive oversight’ that was provided regarding the IRS? Fool with once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

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Mandy Manners June 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

I wouldn’t be surprised if the members of the various Tea Party groups whose charitable statuses were delayed by the IRS were singled out and tracked by the NSA.

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Rules June 7, 2013 at 9:59 am

They will continue to blame this on the Bush Administration even though they had two years with control of the house and senate and chose not to repeal the act, but rather to expand it. This can not be refuted.

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Marcus June 7, 2013 at 10:11 am

Obama’s silence on this liberty-killing surveillance adventure of his own administration is right in line with his quirky votes of “Present” back in the Illinois legislature. He has been trained to be disengaged from the game, to walk away from what could pinned on him. When the cranky and very strange Valerie Jarrett is your go-to “what should I do now” person, you are lost in the ozone.

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Jim1937 June 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

It’s spelled “Skanky” not “Cranky”.

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Mike June 7, 2013 at 10:11 am

I think he meant to say that Barry welcomes a “one-sided” discussion of the tradeoffs……

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baxter4315 June 7, 2013 at 10:11 am

Every statist government that ever existed, spied on it’s own people. When you run a obtrusive,nanny state government, you have to be able to turn the screws on the population to keep them in line. I wonder if “Dear Leader” had something on Chief Justice Roberts to make him trample the constitution.

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Nedarc June 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

Obama and his ‘People’ are all over this…They know exactly what and is happening like a ‘Spirochete’ in a Strumpets Muffin !

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jc June 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

The president with raisins for balls…………………

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Jim1937 June 7, 2013 at 10:30 am

And those are in Mooch’s purse.

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Dot Schneebeli June 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

Ohhhhhhh…..that is not what Obama said in 2005when he was running for Senate and again in 2008 when he was running for President.

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peter June 7, 2013 at 11:03 am

And you weren’t complaining about in 2005 when it was the Republicans doing it, so what is your point except both you and Obama are partisan hypocrites.

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Mr. T. June 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

Not the same thing…I suggest you read up on the expansion of the program and the inherent differences. Give it a whirl before you post again.

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Star June 7, 2013 at 11:57 am

Before you post THE SAME COMMENT again…thanks for saying that, Mr T.

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David June 7, 2013 at 11:59 am

I was complaining in 2005, and I’m complaining now! Are you really that naive?

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Julie Brueckheimer June 7, 2013 at 10:18 am

Two points. One, if Obama has done away with the threat of terrorism, why the need for such expanded surveillance. Two, because we now now that the IRS has been targeting people and groups for political reasons, it is a logical progression of thought that the NSA is now doing the same thing. They want to read my e-mails not because they think in a million years that I am a terrorist but because they know I am not a Democrat and am opposed to Obama’s extreme left agenda.

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Julie Brueckheimer June 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

now know

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Anonymous3 June 7, 2013 at 10:21 am

A trade-off of Rights granted by the USA Bill of Rights is treason against the traditions and founding principles of the USA Government. The Bill of Rights were written by God and are not up for a trade-off!

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Anonymous3 June 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

According to Sherman, George Washington had his visions where
spirits came to him and spoke about the future of your Great Nation. Documents of this recording exist in the US Library of Congress.

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Mandy Manners June 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

WTF? What does that have anything to do with this?

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Shofar June 7, 2013 at 10:34 am

Mandy,

It is a poorly veiled attempt to depict blacks as lazy. While trying to wax poetically, Bell is inferring that blacks are inherently lazy, and therefore Obama, by virtue of his being “black” is lazy. It is an example of the most insidious form of racism there is, taking on a subtleness of form and fashion all the while promoting the thinking of less enlightened humans.

Truth is, it would matter not what color Obama and his minions are, it is what lies in their hearts that is the danger. What lies in their hearts to me is obvious. The hammer and sickle, and the star and crescent.

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Mandy Manners June 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

Oh, I know what it is. I just didn’t expect to see something like it here.

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Stuart Powell Bell June 7, 2013 at 11:45 am

I see you have a foul mouth if you are a lady…WTF.

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Stuart Powell Bell June 7, 2013 at 10:41 am

Think what you will…the important thing is that you did.

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Shofar June 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

NOW is the time for Constitutional conservatives in both parties (I do believe they exist within the Democratic Party) to call for a no confidence vote on the leadership of Reid and Boehner and remove both men from their respective positions. Then vote in leaders that have the will and courage to actually uphold the Constitution, and begin the serious work of bringing the Obama administration into line with the power of the purse and the subpoena.

Any member of the administration that is caught lying needs to face immediate contempt and criminal charges. Organizations such as WaPo, NYT, WSJ, CSM, Chicago Trib., along with the varied broadcast outlets need to be brought before the House to testify as to why they have hidden facts they have known about the misdoings of this WH, and answer on the record what they have known about the administration for the past five years. If Holder can consider Rosen a co-conspirator, then the House should be able to consider other MSM outlets as co-conspirators with the WH and all of its misdeeds.

Put on the public record all that can be found regarding any and all scandals, and hopefully then some young Woodward and Bernstein will raise their heads and go for a Pulitzer and the WH’s jugular.

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Julie Brueckheimer June 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

Shofar, we only have a handful of good people in the Congress. The Bill of Rights should be the umbrella issue of 2014 which, btw, feels so far off.

I’ve often thought that we Constitutionalists of the right need to work with those on the opposite side. That appeals to me more than conservatives always ending up in a mixed marriage with the RINOs, we being the battered partner.

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Clint E June 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

3 words: EMPTY CHAIR

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Jim1937 June 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

Two words – Empty Suit

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Rick F June 7, 2013 at 6:44 pm

One word: Tyrant

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MI June 7, 2013 at 10:24 am
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Don June 7, 2013 at 10:24 am

Did anyone notice that he’s giving his speach at 8:50 AM? Isn’t that very early for him to be up?

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toledotom June 7, 2013 at 10:26 am

P. Obama has demonstrated again and again that he has no respect for Americans and their institutions. Time to throw the bum out!!!

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Jim1937 June 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

Imagine how nice it would be if he just kept his mouth shut on every issue. I am sick and frigging tired of looking at his butt ugly mug and hearing his whining sissy voice.

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Star June 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

…and those pinchy fingers!

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Byebyefreedom June 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

This is exactly what happens when the government gets to big to control and politicians on both sides of the fence pander for votes to stay in office. Just a start at fixing all this would be a Flat Tax or Fair Tax and Term Limits for all elected officials. Right now they are so old they die in office.

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Julie Brueckheimer June 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

That would have to be a Constitutional Amendment which I think Americans would broadly support. The problem is that it would have to originate in the Congress and that ain’t ever going to happen.

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Shaun June 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

The worst of it is, while he was here in my homestate of NC, he got on his soapbox and said we need more highspeed internet for the children. More sheeple to spy on I guess.

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Bill June 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

Comrade obama is clearly focused on becoming a fascist dictator. He will likely achieve this status in his third term.

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Jim1937 June 7, 2013 at 10:34 am

Libaturd troll trying to stir the racist pot.

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