President Obama’s latest defense of the NSA, like his previous defenses, is simply not true. Last Friday Obama claimed the NSA has not abused its power. From his speech on the NSA:
And if you look at the reports — even the disclosures that Mr. Snowden has put forward — all the stories that have been written, what you’re not reading about is the government actually abusing these programs and listening in on people’s phone calls or inappropriately reading people’s emails. What you’re hearing about is the prospect that these could be abused. Now, part of the reason they’re not abused is because these checks are in place, and those abuses would be against the law and would be against the orders of the FISC. […]
And so the program is — I am comfortable that the program currently is not being abused. I’m comfortable that if the American people examined exactly what was taking place, how it was being used, what the safeguards were, that they would say, you know what, these folks are following the law and doing what they say they’re doing.
Just a week later we have proof that Obama was lying. According to a Washington Post report, the NSA broke privacy rules thousand of times. Either Obama didn’t know about these abuses or lied to the American people. He is either incompetent or a liar, I can’t decide which one is scarier.
This is just like two months ago when Obama claimed these program were subject to full oversight by the Congress even though few members have ever been fully briefed and lying in oversight hearings by top administration officials made true oversight impossible.
I have a piece of advice for President Obama: stop talking about the NSA. Since you have clearly decided not to tell the truth about the program, at least stop lying. You keep lying about the program only to have your lies, or dishonest remarks, exposed days later by new leak revelations. It is getting embarrassing.