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The Obama Morning News || June 11, 2013

Greenwald: More leaks to come . . . Associated Press
Obama’s highly welcome plot twist . . . Politico
Obama defends programs he opposed . . . Examiner
Most disapprove phone call harvesting . . . Katie Pavlich
Obama to allow Plan B for girls
 . . . Washington Post
F-16’s to Jordan for possible Syria move . . . Washington Times
WH disputes Bush comparisons . . . Washington Times
The U.S. withdraws from the world . . . National Journal
Hillary starts tweeting . .. Washington Post
No White House picnic for Congress . . . The Hill

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41 Responses to The Obama Morning News || June 11, 2013

  1. Greenwald: More leaks to come

    I wonder if Greenwald will be subjected to the same scrutiny to which James Rosen was subjected. Can he be if he’s not on American soil? Is his cellphone provider Brazillian?

    • Greenwald has been at loggerheads with Obama since Obama became President in 2008. G. was a critic from the get-go, and one time Obama told him, “Look you can come inside and we’ll make a room for you, or you can choose to stay out in the cold.” To his credit, that’s what Greenwald has been doing all these years: he didn’t sell his soul like the rest of the liberals. (BTW, that’s the gist of what Obama told him. I no longer remember the exact words.)

    • John Yoo said that we’re going to find out in a hurry whether or not the administration was serious about Rosen. Will they indict the reporters for the Washington Post and the Guardian, or not? If they don’t, then it could be lights out for Eric the Withholder, as the Rosen case will very quickly be proven to be a lie by the AG.

      So…which member of the House ends up submitting the articles of impeachment for Holder? We get a pool going on this? What do you think?

  2. WH disputes Bush comparisons

    But the American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion Monday with the secret court that oversees government surveillance in national security cases, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, requesting that it publish its opinions on the meaning, scope, and constitutionality of the section of the USA Patriot Act that authorizes such seizures.

    That section, which authorizes the government to obtain “any tangible thing” relevant to foreign-intelligence or terrorism investigations, was the legal basis an order requiring Verizon to turn over data on phone calls for three months. Lawmakers and counterterrorism specialists say the program almost certainly was broader in scope and time than that.

    SNIP
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    I’m not the biggest fan of the ACLU, but sometimes they get it right.

    I don’t understand how random citizens’ phone calls, computer usage and credit card purchases can be defined as “’any tangible thing’ relevant to foreign-intelligence or terrorism investigations”.

    • Well….you heard the President. “You can’t have 100% security without giving up some of your rights.”

      Uhhhhh….thank you, very much Mr. President but I don’t need you or the government to ensure 100% of my security. I’ll take my rights back.

      • Well, all that scrutiny sure prevented the Boston bombings, didn’t it?

        Or didn’t we have 100% security then?

        I guess the NSA didn’t read that kid’s Web page, seeing as how it was pro-Jihad and all. Nothing to see here, folks, move along…but maybe we’ll find someting in this Tea Party person’s E-mail, huh?

    • The ACLU, like conservatives, believes in the Constitution of the United States although they sometimes interpret it differently. They are not like the radical left which wants to do away with it.

        • No doubt they take extreme views at times, and they often seem to come out (no pun intended) for very small esoteric causes and ignore the great issues of the day which affect millions, but I still can live with them but not the NYT and the professor to whom the Times gave an op-ed on killing the Constitution.

  3. Most disapprove phone call harvesting. I thought so too, but the LA Times said that Americans by 2 to 1 were willing to suffer the intrusions into privacy in the interest of fighting the war on terror which Obama says is over. Polls will say whatever the pollster wants them to say.

  4. As long as the MrObama refuses to allow visitors to tour our historic building, then no non-personnel should be allowed into the WhiteHouse; no winning sports teams, no cute little kids, no adoring Obots to stand behind the President, and no Hollyweird glitterti.
    That includes all the members of Congress, too. No picnic.

  5. “Obama to allow Plan B for girls . . . Washington Post”

    I suppose, after his meeting with Xi, we should be grateful that Obama doesn’t REQUIRE girls take Plan B, forced abortions, and mandatory sterilizations.

    Yet.

    But I’m sure he’s got some new ideas…

    ” In January 7, 1985, in an incisive piece in The Washington Post by Michael Weisskopf—remember this is 1985—he writes: ”Chinese leaders consider their policy of one-couple-one-child a fight for national survival.” But he says: ”A closer look reveals a different picture than the one that they give about voluntarism.” He points out that China is curbing its population growth, but its success is rooted in widespread coercion, mass abortion, and intrusion by the State into the most intimate of human affairs. ”The size of the family is too important to be left to the personal decision of the couple,” said the Minister of Family Planning who was in China at the time. And then he goes to talk about how coercive abortion—back in 1985—and I can recall Members, when I raised this issue, looking at me and saying, ”It can’t be true.” Well, it continues, regrettably, to this day.”

    http://commdocs.house.gov/committees/intlrel/hfa49740.000/hfa49740_0f.htm

    Coming attractions? Maybe…

    • I’m waiting for the medical disasters to come, and they will. Imagine a menstruating ten or twelve year old repeatedly taking the Plan B pill. I wouldn’t doubt that many of these girls will end up sterilizing themselves.

      • GAH!

        They shouldn’t need those pills in the first place!

        Mississippi has a new law that allows doctors to take an infant’s DNA from the umbilical cord of an underage mother in order to track down, and prosecute, the man who impregnated her.

      • Waiting?

        “Since mifepristone’s approval in September 2000, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of serious adverse events, including women who have died, in the United States and other countries following medical abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol. (2)

        As previously reported by the FDA, several of the women who died in the United States died from sepsis (severe illness caused by infection of the bloodstream) after medical abortion. (1)”

        http://abortionpillrisks.org/health-risks/deaths/

    • I’m usually fine with people who change their minds as the years go by and they gain new knowledge and perspective, but I don’t think that’s the case with FCMABBHO.