Jun
06
2013

WaPo: Oh, by the way: the NSA lied about not spying on Americans. Oopsie!

Remember when the Obama administration had good weeks?

NSA chief, two weeks ago: ‘We’re the only ones not spying on the American people’

The National Security Agency recently asked Verizon to turn over telephone metadata for tens of millions of Americans, the Guardian reported Wednesday, based on a leaked court document that appears to show an NSA request for customer data from April through July.

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Talk about awkward timing.

Never let your political loyalties write checks that your reputation can’t cash.

Moe Lane

PS: It’s not so much the data mining – in fact, it’s not really the data mining at all. It’s that Barack Obama lied about what he’d do, and that it was a stupid lie, and that some of us knew and said that it was a stupid lie, and that we were right.

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10 Comments

  • acat says:

    The Obama administration has to be feeling like someone dumped a Florsheim* store .. the shoes just keep dropping!
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    Mew
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    * yes, cat is that old.

    • tnfriendofcoal101368 says:

      Question I’d have is how much of this data that NSA were collecting ending up over at OfA to be mined for voter turnout and filtered to folks like Nate Silver and Tom Jensen. Not a big fan of them but at this point independent prosecutors need to be hired.

      • acat says:

        ‘s a reason why I’m a cat. I’m sure an enterprising outfit like OfA or an ubernerd like Neil could figure it out, but .. making it easy is not in my best interest.
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        I would suggest, by the way, that OfA may have* received data from not just NSA but also Google. Which is more ubiquitous is not clear…
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        Mew
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        * I doubt I needed to use the word ‘may’ here.

  • BigGator5 says:

    “Remember when the Obama administration had good weeks?”
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    Good times.

    • tnfriendofcoal101368 says:

      Those good weeks normally coincided with campaigning to be President. As Moe has pointed out eloquently, Obama is essentially a mini maxer with one skill set: getting himself elected. Now if you are going to be a one trick pony as a politician, that is a heck of trick to have in the hat but it makes governance heck for the rest of us.

      • acat says:

        Again, this would be less of a problem if Obama would just stick to campaigning… the trouble is the mendacious sycophants he’s surrounded by …
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        Mew
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        (note – this does not, unlike the similar Russian “the Tsar and his evil ministers” meme, *excuse* Obama from not knowing about the plight of the peasants)

  • zamoose says:

    In re: mini-maxing:
    I think we’re actually seeing the logical outgrowth of that strategy, namely that Obama simply “campaigns” for whatever his current goals are and then everything, all of it, is executed/implemented by functionaries. The buck really does stop somewhere below him because that’s what’s supposed to happen.
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    Anything else might interfere with his golf swing.

  • acat says:

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-05-10-nsa_x.htm

    Officially moved beyond “just” Verizon customers.

    Mew

    • acat says:

      Follow-up point. Social networking maps. OfA used them quite a bit to persuade low-information-voters early via targeted low-cost ad buys.
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      What happens if they get to add phone conversations to their known online social maps?
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      After all, we already know the Obama administration is guilty of leaking private information for political purposes ..
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      Mew

  • BigGator5 says:

    Interesting Fact: Nineteen Eighty-Four was publish 64 years ago today. Just tossing that out there.

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