Hapless Obama Calls NSA Secret Data Gathering “Transparent”

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

We’re starting to believe he doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

President Barack Obama defended top secret National Security Agency spying programs as legal in a lengthy interview Monday, and called them transparent — even though they are authorized in secret.

“It is transparent,” Obama told PBS’s Charlie Rose in an interview to be broadcast Monday. “That’s why we set up the FISA court,” he added, referring to the secret court set up by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that authorizes two recently disclosed programs: one that gathers U.S. phone records and another that is designed to track the use of U.S.-based Internet servers by foreigners with possible links to terrorism.

The location of FISA courts is secret. The sessions are closed. The orders that result from hearings in which only government lawyers are present are classified.

Obama’s so transparent you can see right through him.

“We’re going to have to find ways where the public has an assurance that there are checks and balances in place … that their phone calls aren’t being listened into; their text messages aren’t being monitored, their emails are not being read by some big brother somewhere,” Obama said.

We think any assurances from this clown are meaningless.

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5 Responses to “Hapless Obama Calls NSA Secret Data Gathering “Transparent””

  1. Blue Hen on 18/18/13 at 9:33 am

    Do that champ. Right after you confirm that my health insurance costs won’t go up. Wait…..

  2. The Grinch on 18/18/13 at 9:40 am

    The FISA court is nothing but a rubber stamp operation, undertaken only to provide the illusion of judicial review. If Obama truly believes this provides the needed transparancy or due process, he’s lost it.

  3. jb books on 18/18/13 at 9:54 am

    “It is transparent. That’s why we set up the FISA court,”
    Isnt this quote taken from 1984? Just asking…

  4. Brutus on 18/18/13 at 11:20 am

    In Obama’s defense, he just learned about the NSA last week when he read about it in the papers.