On the heels of President Barack Obama again assuring that public that there is no domestic surveillance programs on their communications, the New York Times is reporting even broader surveillance by the Administration than previously reported.
The New York Times is reporting this morning that the National Security Agency is “searching the contents of vast amounts of Americansâ€™ e-mail and text communications into and out of the country.”
This includes people referencing names or emails according to this newspaper. Government officials are saying that it is all perfectly legal because Congress has given them carte blanche in the area. It is certainly true that Democrats have joined Republicans in stripping privacy to the bone. What is most striking is how our politicians, including Obama, continue to misinform the public despite these weekly reports and confirmations of surveillance. The disconnect is truly Orwellian. As shown by his appearance on Jay Leno, the President appears now to be relying entirely on his hold over many Democrats with a pitch that amounts to “who are you going to believe me or your own eyes?” The fact that the most detailed statements of the President would come on a comedy talk show only captures our current theater of the absurd.
Source: NY Times