Skip to comments.White House OKd spying on allies, U.S. intelligence officials say
Posted on 10/29/2013 8:42:40 AM PDT by mojito
The White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday, pushing back against assertions that President Obama and his aides were unaware of the high-level eavesdropping.
Professional staff members at the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies are angry, these officials say, believing the president has cast them adrift as he tries to distance himself from the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that have strained ties with close allies.
The resistance emerged as the White House said it would curtail foreign intelligence collection in some cases and two senior U.S. senators called for investigations of the practice.
France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Sweden have all publicly complained about the NSA surveillance operations, which reportedly captured private cellphone conversations by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, among other foreign leaders.
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Well, that was unexpected.
We will not go gentle under the Big Bus...
Why are we tolerating a total pathological liar as President with no repercussions from Congress?
Not only does the President know....but at least a dozen Senators also know. Bush, along with Rumsfeld, the Bush intelligence team...they all know. There’s probably well over 500 people with apparent clearances....all political in nature...outside of NSA....who know.
To sit around and pretend....oh, I never was told about this....simply makes you look very foolish.
If I were the Germans....I’d entice Snowden to pull up stakes...relocate to Germany....and give the guy a free deal to stay, and then entice him to dump everything he knows....to the Germans. Then Merkel can truly say...she knows everything...that President Obama doesn’t know, or ever well know.
Luckily for us....President Obama doesn’t know about the secret alien and UFO exchange with Bothar, the Bigfoot-hybrid development program, the worm-hole experiment going on in Boise, the Mayan time-machine that we discovered last year, or the secret Coke recipe.
No no no, he was "unaware..."
The question is why are we tolerating a weak, yellow striped cowardly congress in the face of a dictator? There should be torches and pitchforks seen for MILES in DC....casting enough light to read by night.
Another “Did I Do Thaaaat?” moment for President Urkel.
he must have the memory of a goldfish
Of course. There was never any doubt.
I would like to know if 0 has the NSA spy on the middle eastern countries that hate us. He loves them, and doesn’t want them mad at him.
He hates European countries, and doesn’t care if he gets them mad.
- maybe a little blow - maybe a lotta golf -
What did he not know and when did he not know it?
Obunga best stop pissing people off. You never know there could be a birther in the Spy Agencies.
Merkel should record Obama. Merkel shouldn’t say a word and simply leak it out onto the airwaves.
This administration, "Oh, we're sorry it won't happen again." But what they are really thinking is what Soupy Sales reportedly said to a friend in the studio when he cut to the cartoon and got kicked off the Saturday morning kid's show.
Since when do conservatives oppose this sort of spying? Friends today are competitors and opponents tomorrow - so naturally we spy on them. Big deal.
Of course Obama knew, and of course he will deny such knowledge. Bush would have done exactly the same if this traitor Snowden had leaked all this material on his watch.
Obama looks like an idiot denying he knew when we all know better, but that’s the whole point of “plausible deniability”. For the idiot in chief, this just compounds the problems he has because he is also busy denying he knew Obamacare was going to be a disaster (website not working, people losing insurance, etc).
The Congress is filled with Pathological liars too.
Tar and feathers for them all.
The White House did...the building did.
Barry Hussein didn’t know about it.
When the press is pushed to the wall, they use the pronoun “White House” to refer to chicanery. They don’t directly attribute it to Obama.
The size of that bus Barry keeps throwing people under gets bigger and bigger each & every passing day.
I wonder how many of the professionals at Justice & other locations will release phone conversations of Barry’s when the shooting war starts???
We don’t do that.
We did it, but I didn’t know about it.
If I had known about it, I would have stopped it.
Now I know about it, so I am considering stopping it.
Okay, I actually signed off on it.
This is Republicans’ fault because of the shutdown, sequester, debt ceiling, and due to the dirty politics of the terrorist Tea party group. So we are issuing a press release to call for Merkel to stop all the mudslinging.
Fear and dread must be slowly descending over the offices of the LA times. They contradicted the One...
I hope not! It is a dark and NOT good night under that bus, driven by a Dark Knight who is taking those still on it to an even darker place.
FUBARaq’s relationship with CIA is beginning to feel like JFK’s.....
Random act of journalism on the “magic negro” by the LA Times.
DiChiFi is not happy about this.
Obama is about to lose some more backers.
The positives are these and more: It has got people all over the world concerned about government interference into their private lives. The entire electronics communications network within terrorist organizations is being disrupted. They are now most likely relying far more on couriers which are easier to track and apprehend. It is making Obama look like the complete lying Bozo that he is. Obviously I could go on and on.
The negatives are what? Terrorists know not to use cell phones, emails, electronic bulletin boards, websites and other means of electronics communications? That is a positive. Did Eric Snowden out anyone who is now at risk? I haven't heard of anyone. Our intelligence communities “techniques” have been exposed. What have you learned that you didn't already suspect? Our allies in Europe are mad at us? What is new? Maybe next time they won't give a Nobel Peace Prize to an unproven liar who never accomplished anything.
I am just not buying any of it. I think that more likely than not the entire situation is an elaborate ruse to shut down terrorist communication networks. It seems more so every time they trickle out some extra tidbit. As soon as our enemies start peaking out we fire a few more shots over their heads. Maybe Julian Assange will even be allowed to go to South America after this thing calms back down. It is all just too perfect.
I hate it when the White House gives permission yet the people inside have no idea. These tyrannical old buildings are difficult to deal with.
Not Obama, they kept it secret from him just like w Obmacare website.
A modern day Sparticus. LOL.
Probably because the NSA has incriminating evidence against most members of the Senate and Congress.
It is not just us
world leaders he has inflamed
barry screws us all
The LA Times, dumping on Obama! Now that’s news.
I wonder if Snowden is still getting information from some friends.
I suppose that this will justify spying by allies on the US.
I will not say his name, but the initials JP come to mind. Make of it what you will.
When he said he did not know, he did not mislead, he was just being nuanced.
“I would like to know if 0 has the NSA spy on the middle eastern countries that hate us. He loves them, and doesnt want them mad at him.
He hates European countries, and doesnt care if he gets them mad.”
He also hates americans. The 4th ammendment is dead. No doubt they’ll keep on spying every one on this planet. In other words: “The Terrorists have won”. They hated our liberty and freedom. We gave up all our liberties and freedom on this “war on terror”. That’s like committing suicide to prevent murder. The entire western (formerly known as the free) world turned into something like the USSR and it’s satellite states. Now i know what the misterious “change” meant. The outrage in europe makes me remeber the prague spring and the polish crisis. Welcome to the USSA.
He hates America’s allies because he hates America.
He buddies up with America’s enemies because he is one of them.
And the media that got him elected twice is just now finding this out?
Daily Show rips the “Know Nothing” President
Must be democrat genetics,remember Nazi Pelosi never knew about water boarding either she said. When in fact others said she asked if that was all they could do.
Because he's black.