Within the past month, the Obama Administration has been caught in scandal after scandal. Whether these scandals dealt with the IRS targeting conservative groups, spying on members of the press, the truth about Benghazi, or now with the National Security Agency’s (NSA) attempt to track Verizon phone and Internet users, one thing is for certain: Barack Obama has officially created his own Obamagate.
When all these issues began popping up, the left and the right of the political spectrum were jumping to conclusions but also asking Americans to wait and see where the evidence takes us. Charles Krauthammer, a conservative news analyst for Fox News, said we must wait and see what happens. So I waited, but now I’m sick of waiting. There are too many red flags. At this point, if the Republicans don’t write up impeachment papers, they don’t deserve to get the vote of another American citizen, and after all the anti-Bush rants of the left, if they aren’t infuriated yet, then they are hypocritical, soulless ideologues.
Last week, news came out that the National Security Agency (NSA) was tracking American citizens’ phone records, data usage and text messages. With the help of Verizon, the United States Government decided to play spy on its own citizens. Here’s the kick in the pants: Even though Verizon is required to hand over this data to the U.S. government, Verizon can say “no” and just appeal through the courts.
According to Brian Fung of the National Journal, “If Verizon had objections to the NSA’s request for user data, it could have raised them. Maybe the company did, maybe it didn’t; every subpoena … contains a gag order prohibiting the recipient from discussing the affair. That means, even if Verizon had tried to challenge the request, we still wouldn’t know. Verizon could be dying to tell us it tried to resist. Is that likely? Probably not. The surveillance program, according to the very senators in Congress who approved it, stretches back to 2006. If Verizon had fought it, it must have been a short battle.”
While the U.S. Government may have the authority to look into phone records, should it still do that? At what point is Obama any different than George W. Bush? Why are Democrats and liberals not calling for Obama’s head on a stick as they would with Bush?
Even the New York Times is showing restraint in its timid frustration.
According to the New York Times’ editorial board, “The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it.”
Wait a minute! Just this issue? What about the rest of the issues? What about the looking into the press? The covering up on Benghazi? The IRS scandal? Just this issue?
And to think it blames the power of the presidency and not the man is disgusting. Obama is a human being with free will capabilities. He didn’t have to do these things, and now he’s getting let off the hook again by the mainstream media.
Meanwhile, The Guardian is continuing to play the role of whistleblower by revealing the PRISM program. According to England’s much more reliable news organization, “The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other U.S. Internet giants, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Guardian. The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called PRISM, which allows officials to collect material, including search history, the content of e-mails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.”
So all those text messages, Google searches and Facebook status updates you’ve sent out are being watched. I hope they really enjoyed my Googling for upcoming summer movie trailers and my Facebook posts about how happy I am that summer is just around the corner.
Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal probably hit the nail on the coffin best. These scandals involving the tracking of everyday Americans are not isolated people. These aren’t even specific political enemies.
Because, as Noonan puts it: “There was no enemies list, unless you consider half the country to be your enemies.”