Obama’s NSA, connecting the dots… or not

By: John Richards Posted: June 7, 2013 No Comments

Connecting The NSA Dots

Remember the scene in The Godfather after Michael, putting it politely, eliminated all of those he saw as a threat to his reign including his brother-in-law Carlo?

You know the scene, the movers are emptying the mansion, Kay and Connie are there, Connie’s hysterical as she accuses Michael of killing Carlo. After Connie is ushered out of the room Kay repeatedly asks Michael if it’s true, and Michael, becoming increasingly angrier every time she asks keeps responding with “Don’t ask me about my business Kay.” Then finally Michael, just to shut her up, and of course he lies, says “no”. And a relieved Kay happily wonders off to make the drinks.

That was the first thing that flashed through my mind as news broke late last night when Director of National Intelligence James Clapper finally addressed what we already knew, we’ve gone from the “Land of the free” to  the “Land of the Monitored”.

First and foremost, James Clapper is a spy and as such does what spies do. They lurk in the shadows, develop networks to obtain information and of course, when asked, lie about what they do for a living.

So you know when a spy says “Alright. This one time — this one time I’ll let you ask me about my affairs…” you know, putting it mildly, you’re not going to be hearing the truth. Have you noticed how his testimony and statements about what he does have changed over time, a very short amount of time?

Then think back to December, 2010. James Clapper, Janet Napolitano and John Brennan were in a joint interview with Diane Sawyer. About twelve hours before the interview British counter-terrorism agents had arrested twelve alleged terrorists involved in the planning of a major attack on that nation.

Prior to being questioned about the arrests Clapper had boasted of his agency’s outreach to the Muslim community which provided a “great source of advice, counsel and wisdom”.  Shortly after that Sawyer asked Clapper about the arrests. He sat there, clueless, silent. He had no idea what she was talking about. Sawyer left it at that and came back to it later in the session. After a pregnant pause John Brennan jumped in to bail him out. How bad is the state is our security when John Brennan, of all people, has to save the Director of National Intelligence’s bacon. But to repair the damage Clapper’s office issued a statement the following day calling Sawyer’s question “ambiguous”. That certainly restored my confidence!

I’m not against spying on terrorists, I’m all for it. I want the threats here at home eliminated, or at the very least minimized. (Why we continue to allow those threats into our nation is baffling but that’s a subject for another day.) The Boston Marathon bombing brought that one home. And thank God the Times Square bombing fizzled. That wasn’t a plot foiled by those paid and entrusted to protect us, it was a defective bomb plain and simple. Nidal Hasan, in that infamous case of “workplace violence” killed thirteen American soldiers. While wearing the uniform of our country he was in fact a Muslim jihadist fighting to protect his Taliban brothers. He claims he did it to defend them and yet wasn’t weeded out of our military despite a plethora of red flags.

Despite what Barack Obama tells us and expects us to blindly believe, we are in a war on terror. And it’s getting worse, not better.

There’s two problems at play here.

First off, looking for terrorists is like looking for a needle in a haystack. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out your chance of success improves if you can make the haystack smaller, not bigger.

You start by not letting potential jihadists in. If you say that’s discrimination against Muslims, too bad. Would you rather them be offended or your every movement and action tracked and recorded here in the “Land of the Free”?

Another part of making the haystack smaller is to make sure it only contains hay to begin with. It doesn’t matter how brilliant the programmers are that wrote the algorithms used to spot suspicious activity. False positives will happen just as real positives will go unnoticed. You cannot reliably “connect the dots” when what you’re looking at is just one humungous dot.

The second issue is trust, and thanks to Barack Obama’s choices there is none.

The breaking scandals of the last few weeks prove the point. We have a government full of incompetent and/or partisan people in key positions. The IRS, the DOJ, the DHS, ATF, CIA, DOD, FEC, and on, and on…

How does Obama expect us to trust anyone in his administration with an Attorney General who spies on the AP and signs off on a warrant for James Rosen, even calling him a “flight risk” but all the while saying they he doesn’t target reporters. And then can’t even swear publicly under oath, testifying in front of a Congressional Committee, that he is not spying on Congress. Or Lois Lerner targeting conservative groups for harassment at the IRS after doing the same thing while at the FEC. And her punishment? A paid vacation! And don’t forget the IRS leaking individual tax returns and donor lists of organizations the administration happens to disagree with.

Just this morning while in California Barack Obama claimed health insurance premiums are declining while they are in fact skyrocketing. A whopper of a lie. Then he followed it up with a very carefully worded, planted question, regarding the NSA spying where he essentially said “Trust me and my cronies.” Something he wants us to take as gospel truth.

The examples could go on forever. The point is Obama and his cronies haven’t just violated the trust, they’ve trampled on it and thrown it out the window. That’s the problem when you write a law, that in good hands, is a little scary but effective. It isn’t so much they have the data, it’s are they trustworthy enough to use it properly. In the hands of gangsters it becomes a tool for violating our rights, our liberties, our freedoms.

Welcome to gangster government. If Clemenza were part of Obama’s “family” today he wouldn’t say “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” it’d be “Take the gun. Take the cannoli.”


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