Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Barack the spier, Barack the liar

Yesterday's snapshot included:

On the US government's illegal spying, Nell Abrams (Free Speech Radio News) explained today, "The German weekly Der Spiegel has released more details of US spying activities gleaned from documents made public by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. The classified information reveals that the National Security Agency, or NSA, bugged European Union embassies in New York and Washington, D.C. and hacked into their computer systems.  Breaking at  least three international agreements that ban spying at the United Nations, the NSA also broke  into the UN’s internal video meeting network and stationed undercover agent there cloaked as diplomats. And operatives are also   disguised as diplomats in 80 embassies and consulates worldwide. Contrary to recent remarks by President Obama that U.S. spying is solely intended to combat terrorism, Der Speigel reports that intelligence agents are targeting information related to economic stability,  trade policy,  energy security and food products."

Peter Grier (Christian Science Monitor) observed of the latest revelations, " If nothing else, this latest revelation may show the extent of US intelligence interests. President Obama and other US officials have defended NSA programs as necessary to protect the nation against further terrorist attacks. If the US spies on the UN and the EU, it means the program likely also sucks up intelligence on international economic moves and other issues unrelated to Al Qaeda."

Yes, it does.

It reveals, yet again, that Barack has lied over and over to the American people and the world.

Back in June, Zeke J. Miller (Time magazine) quoted Barack stating, "You can shout Big Brother or program run amok, but if you actually look at the details, I think we’ve struck the right balance." Over and over, Barack is caught lying.

So why is it that you have to go to overseas press to find this reality?  The subheading to Dan Roberts' "NSA analysts deliberately broke rules to spy on Americans, agency reveals" (Guardian) is "Inspector general's admission undermines fresh insistences from president that breaches of privacy rules were inadvertent."

Yes, Jason Ditz called it out at the US outlet Antiwar.com:

On Wednesday, President Obama insisted there was no NSA spying on Americans, just hours after the government was forced to release documents showing broad, systematic spying on Americans had been going on for years. Today, President Obama insisted that all the violations were “inadvertent and accidental” and, well you can probably see where this is headed.
Continuing the strategy of lying at the worst possible time, Obama’s claims were immediately followed by a report from the NSA Inspector General, which showed that there were several instances of “willful violations” in which the NSA deliberately broke rules so they could spy on Americans.
President Obama’s latest flat out lie came during a CNN interview in which he insisted he was determined to “do a better job” convincing Americans that the NSA programs are being carried out legally and aren’t being abused.

But that's not a corporate media outlet.  Barack gets caught in one lie after another and that's treated as normal?  Dan Quayle was crucified for misspelling "potato."  But the press back then was far less timid.  Today, they're too cowed and, were Quayle to spell it "putaydo," all it would take is one cross look to the press pool from Marilyn Quayle and they'd all fall silent.

And it's not just the observations about Barack's lying that the US press refuses to make. Deutsche Welle points out the obvious, "The alleged spying activities are illegal. The US has a long-standing agreement with the UN stipulating that the US refrain from covert operations with regards to the UN's activities."  As obvious as that reality is, find it in the US press.

That should be a headline, "US Government Breaks Law."

But in what passes for a US press today, they can't note the obvious.  They're too busy cowering to report.

 Celebrity President

 [From May 22, 2009, Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Celebrity President."]

 It's illegal and the White House is lawless and out of control.  Your big clue there was when Barack played starlet most recently on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  "There have been times," he sneered of Russia, "where they slip back into Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality."  Whenever Barack starts offering keen insight into others, he's generally speaking of himself.  And, yes, spying on the UN finds him stuck in "Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality."

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