STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
USA Freedom and Obama's Doublespeak
By Philippe Gastonne - June 04, 2015

For the past eighteen months, I have called for reforms that better safeguard the privacy and civil liberties of the American people while ensuring our national security officials retain tools important to keeping Americans safe. That is why, today, I welcome the Senate's passage of the USA FREEDOM Act, which I will sign when it reaches my desk.

After a needless delay and inexcusable lapse in important national security authorities, my Administration will work expeditiously to ensure our national security professionals again have the full set of vital tools they need to continue protecting the country. Just as important, enactment of this legislation will strengthen civil liberty safeguards and provide greater public confidence in these programs, including by prohibiting bulk collection through the use of Section 215, FISA pen registers, and National Security Letters and by providing the American people with additional transparency measures.

I am gratified that Congress has finally moved forward with this sensible reform legislation. I particularly applaud Senators Leahy and Lee as well as Representatives Goodlatte, Sensenbrenner, Conyers, and Nadler for their leadership and tireless efforts to pass this important bipartisan legislative achievement. – Statement by President Obama, June 2, 2015

Almost everything the president says about the USA Freedom Act is false. He does not at all "welcome" the law's passage. If Obama had his way, Congress would have never even considered this law because the National Security Agency's illegal activities would still be secret.

The only reason any of this is happening is that Edward Snowden spilled the NSA beans. If the president truly welcomes surveillance reform, then he should thank Snowden instead of charging him with crimes against the state.

The president's claim to have himself called for reforms is laughable. His own Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, convened after the Snowden leaks, gave him 46 specific recommendations in its January 2014 report. To date, he has implemented exactly zero of them.

For example, Recommendation 31 said, "Governments should not use their offensive cyber capabilities to change the amounts held in financial accounts or otherwise manipulate the financial systems."

This seem obvious. NSA shouldn't be in the electronic bank robbery business, nor should it "manipulate the financial system." We can infer from the president's rejection of this recommendation that the NSA does change bank balances and manipulate financial systems, and that he plans to continue doing so.

Does such activity safeguard anyone's privacy and civil liberties? Certainly not. Therefore, the president's claim to be pursuing those goals is demonstrably false.

Obama and his Warfare State handlers want all the NSA's snooping programs to proceed unimpeded by any external constraints. If the president had the slightest concern about safeguarding civil liberties, he would implement the recommendations of his own handpicked expert panel. He has not and evidently will not.

The claim that NSA activities do anything to protect the country is questionable at best. Numerous NSA officials say off the record that the agency is drowning in too much information. There is no evidence the programs have stopped any terrorist attacks. They may well have done the opposite by overwhelming the intelligence community's analysis abilities.

Why, then, is Obama so intent on collecting every possible byte of data from everywhere on the planet? One guess: The collection effort generates enormous revenues for the contractors who build and maintain NSA's systems. Whether it actually accomplishes anything useful is beside the point.

The fact that mainstream news media are not questioning this ludicrous presidential statement is also instructive. They either don't see the lies and contradictions in every sentence, or have no interest in reporting them critically.

If Obama is "gratified" by the USA Freedom Act, it is only because the law barely scratches the surface of necessary reforms. Its passage means he has another chance to proceed full speed ahead with his real plans while his compliant media moves on to other subjects.

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  • gamathers

    All that information may not stop terrorist, but it could be very handy to blackmail key American citizens.

    “The claim that NSA activities do anything to protect the country is
    questionable at best. Numerous NSA officials say off the record that the
    agency is drowning in too much information. There is no evidence the
    programs have stopped any terrorist attacks. They may well have done the
    opposite by overwhelming the intelligence community’s analysis
    abilities.” – See more at:
    http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/36333/USA-Freedom-and-Obamas-Doublespeak/?uuid=6D61E46B-5056-9600-1EFE7137861DF4F1#sthash.0kmW8JeT.dpuf

  • For over six months, US Army Intelligence Unit, “Able Danger”, using the echelon computer program, had sifted through the worlds emails looking for key phrases and had identified and tracked four of the alleged 9/11 hijackers, including ring leader mohammed atta. In Jan 2001, Baby Bush and Crooked Cheney ordered this operation to end. On Sep 10, 2001 Rummy Rumsfeld announced that the Pentagon was missing 2.3 trillion dollars, and the Able Danger unit was ordered to the Pentagon on the 11th. All of the unit were killed in the attack.

    Prior to 9/11, four FBI filed offices were reporting arab/flight school issues, all ordered to stand down. One of those flight schools was in OKC, where their “student” had 57 hours of dual time, but no instructor would sign him off for solo of a Cessna 150. This student moved to Minneapolis, and enrolled for 747 flight simulator time, paying cash in advance with 68, one hundred dollar bills. The local FBI agent was called, investigated, and arrested hijacker #20 on Aug 16, 2001 for two year outstanding immigration warrant, but was ordered NOT to investigate, and for the suspect’s laptop sealed. Outraged, FBI agent Harry Samit wrote a 25 page list of evidence and sent it to 50 offices at FBI headquarters in DC, and was again ORDERED to stand down, see > us.wow.com/wiki/Zacaria_Moussaoui

    CIA asset Susan Lindauer got info on a pending attack on US shipping in Yemen three week prior to the USS Kohl attack, notified Feral government agencies, and the Slick Willy administration then ordered the cruiser to parade guard in port, allowing “local” boats to approach. In May 2001, Ms Lindauer got info on pending WTC/airliner attacks, notified multiple agencies and was prosecuted by Baby Bush for leaking classified info, see “Extreme Prejudice”.

    The Slick Willy appointed assistant US Attorney Jamie Gorelick, who installed the alleged source of the “intelligence problem, the FBI/CIA firewall” was appointed by Baby Bush to the 9/11 Whitewash Commission. Fourteen years later, 28 pages on the financial support for the hijackers is still CLASSIFIED for “security” reasons. On 9/11 the NYC FBI office arrested the Urban Moving System terrorists filming the WTC implosions, but were ordered to release them. The WTC buildings held all the evidence of criminal acts of Operation Hammer, Enron/DotCom, the SOROS Oil-for-Food fraud and tons of missing Gold reserves. Nineteen punks with box cutters did NOT arrange these dominoes.

    “9/11 Conspiracy Solved, Names, Connections, Details” on youtube has even more evidence, also visit Veterans Today.

    • Nana

      I knew the agent who had that laptop. A good guy who was trying to follow the law. Look at all the heartache the law caused!

    • B B

      dude, you’re awesome. i’m on your discus page reading your overland notes. so unriddle me this: did the chosen do 9/11 or not?

      • I am a trained structural engineer with +30 years experience, very widely read on science and history. I attended the Alex Jones premier of the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth DVD in Austin, May 2009 and spent six hours reviewing their material. I’ve invested +100 hours of additional study and support the findings at Veterans Today of multiple, mini-nuke devices per my interview with Dr James Fetzer, “Unequivocal 9/11 Nukes”. Veterans Today has hundreds of current/former military and intelligence sources, as well a access to files from multiple other nations. This summary article has list of 25 articles by VT….

        “Neo: So Much More than Nukes” posted May 5, 2015….

  • Bruce C.

    “The fact that the mainstream news media [MSM] are not questioning this ludicrous presidential statement is also instructive. They either don’t see the lies and contradictions in every sentence, or have no interest in reporting them critically.”

    I would add that since their beliefs effectively blind them to the lies and contradictions – and possibly the actual stupidity or subversiveness of Obama – they are therefore incapable of reporting them critically.

    But that is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, are the press supposed to be analysts or just reporters? “We report, you decide” used to be the saying. “Freedom of the press” mean’t access and freedom to report, not an invitation to opine, confuse and skew. In fact, one of the criticisms of “news” today is that it’s too editorialized and not just straight reporting. If we don’t like having political representatives in Washington figuring out what to do that will affect us all then why should we want the press to do our thinking for us? Is it even reasonable to expect that? Most people in the media are journalism majors, some of the stupidest people on any campus. What do you expect?

    The deeper problem here is not Obama or the MSM but the jackals in the Congress. They are the ones who passed the USA Freedom Act, and the Patriot Act before that, and all the rest. If Obama were the only bad apple then he would have been marginalized long ago, but he’s only the head of the snake.

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