First, there was the Benghazi scandal. Then the IRS scandal. Then the AP scandal. Now, the Kenyan dictator defends violating the privacy of the average American all the while doing nothing to apprehend real criminals and terrorists:
President Barack Obama defended sweeping secret surveillance into U.S. phone records and foreigners' Internet use, declaring them a necessary defence against terrorism, and assuring Americans, "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls."
Taking questions Friday from reporters at a health care event in San Jose, California, Obama said, "It's important to recognize that you can't have 100 per cent security and also then have 100 per cent privacy and zero inconvenience."
It was revealed late Wednesday that the National Security Agency has been collecting the phone records of hundreds of millions of U.S. phone customers. The leaked document first reported by the Guardian newspaper gave the NSA authority to collect from all of Verizon's land and mobile customers, but intelligence experts said the program swept up the records of other phone companies too.
Another secret program revealed Thursday scours the Internet usage of foreign nationals overseas who use any of nine U.S.-based internet providers such as Microsoft and Google.
In his first comments since the programs were publicly revealed this week, Obama said safeguards are in place.
"They help us prevent terrorist attacks," Obama said. He said he has concluded that prevention is worth the "modest encroachments on privacy."
What a bloody liar (no one should believe these guys, either). Can one "modestly encroach" his privacy and ask him how much money he's blown on golf holidays, his university records and where he was when Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed?
Was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apprehended through this surveillance? Oh wait...
To the NSA: you do know that you will either get thrown under the bus and/or will have to testify at some point, right? Don't pretend you're not reading this. You're tracking everybody.