Sun Tzu once said all warfare is deception in which case the American people seem to be the government’s enemy as President Barack Obama decided to double down on dishonesty when responding to questions from Tonight Show host Jay Leno. When asked about the revelations brought to light by whistleblower Edward Snowden the president amazingly claimed there was no domestic spying program. He claimed instead, after blaming Bush for setting the programs up, that information could only be tracked “that is connected to a terrorist attack.”
President Obama on Tuesday defended the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs in a wide-ranging interview on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” arguing that the agency doesn’t target U.S. civilians.
“We don’t have a domestic spying program,” Obama said, according to the media pool report. “What we do have is some mechanisms that can track a phone number or an email address that is connected to a terrorist attack…That information is useful.”
As we all know that is in no way accurate. The mechanisms exist completely independent of a terrorist attack and may be accessed for a variety of reasons. Obama is putting out disinformation.
Obama called the surveillance programs “a critical component to counterterrorism,” but acknowledged that they’ve “raised a lot of questions for people.”
Then Obama went on to falsely claim that the whistleblowing system works and Snowden should have used that if he had concerns about those non-existent domestic spying programs. All of this comes from a president going to war on whistleblowers.
The performance, if anything, demonstrates that the government cannot be trusted to be honest about civil liberties violations. It’s no surprise that President Obama chose a late night comedy show throwing softball questions to address his gross violations of the Constitution. If you were hoping for change from this George W. Bush, you didn’t get it.