Skip to comments.President Obama/Bush Responds to NSA Spying Scandal
Posted on 06/07/2013 12:40:05 PM PDT by nickcarraway
At the end of a press conference this afternoon about something nobody cared about, President Obama took a question from the press and, in doing so, provided his first remarks on twin NSA programs that collect metadata on domestic phone calls and examine the content of online communications by foreigners, respectively. The programs are not exactly new both began under President Bush. Indeed, on May 11, 2006, Bush appeared in the White House's Diplomatic Reception Room to offer his own defense of the NSA's phone-snooping efforts. Seven years apart, history appears to be repeating itself.
Bush: "After September the 11th, I vowed to the American people that our government would do everything within the law to protect them against another terrorist attack."
Obama: "When I came into this office, I made two commitments that are more important than any that I make: number one, to keep the American people safe and, number two, to uphold the Constitution." Bush: "The privacy of ordinary Americans is fiercely protected in all our activities."
Obama: "That includes what I consider to be a constitutional right to privacy."
Bush: "The intelligence activities I authorized are lawful and have been briefed to appropriate members of Congress, both Republican and Democrat."
Obama: "When it comes to telephone calls, every member of Congress has been briefed on this program. With respect to all these programs the relevant intelligence committees are fully briefed." Bush: "The government does not listen to domestic phone calls without court approval."
Obama: "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls ... If the intelligence community actually wants to listen to a phone call, they've got to go back to a federal judge."
Bush: "So far we've been very successful in preventing another attack on our soil."
Obama: "They make a difference in our capacity to anticipate and prevent possible terrorist activity."
Bush: "As a general matter, every time sensitive intelligence is leaked, it hurts our ability to defeat this enemy."
Obama: "I don't welcome leaks, because there's a reason why these programs are classified."
President Obama is hiding his birth certificate because he is really George H.W. Bush's son.
The difference between the tyrant Obama and Bush.
Obama expanded foreign operation spying to include domestic, and Obama uses domestic information gathered to attack his political rivals. A big difference.
The journalist who broke the news that the government is monitoring vast quantities of American phone records is claiming the U.S. is building a massive snooping apparatus committed to destroying privacy worldwide.
There is a massive apparatus within the United States government that with complete secrecy has been building this enormous structure that has only one goal, and that is to destroy privacy and anonymity, not just in the United States but around the world, charged Glenn Greenwald, a reporter for the British newspaper The Guardian, speaking on CNN. That is not hyperbole. That is their objective.
Article Summary: Obama can’t help it, this is really just Bush’s fault.
Both lied to the American public as a matter of policy. That is what they have in common with their predecessors.
Bush lied about what?
This was all taken up after 9-11. Obama has however moved the goal post as far as what was intended and what has been done. What’s new in Obamaland??
Answer: His lips are moving,
A real genius wrote that headline.
Just about every Western power intelligence agency believed Saddam had an active nuclear weapons program. In fact, the British Intel may still stand by their claim that Hussein's yellow cake came from Nigeria.
You should be able to tell that Bush is an honest man and Obama is a serial liar.
Par for the course coming from that liberal rag known as The New York Mag.
You can laugh all you want but if you believe that any government official is telling you the truth all the time you are deluded. The side of the aisle is irrelevant.
Obama is just the natural progression of their vision for America.
The comparison is about Bush v. Obama. There is no equality between the two about honesty.
You may not like the source but the same lies can be found anywhere. They ALL lie.
The major difference is that Mr. Bush is a Christian man of God and was doing things out of the firm belief that he was doing the right thing.
That cannot be said about this other guy.