Barack Obama’s NSA spied on Bibi Netanyahu and the congressmen he, his aides, and Jewish groups spoke with. The company line is that the congressmen were merely swept up as they spied on Netanyahu. Obama’s NSA spied on U.S. lawmakers and members of American Jewish groups.
They were worried about Israel, not the enemy – Iran.
Obama said he would not spy on close allies but Israel is an exception. The White House said today that they only spy where there is a national security threat. That is not the case. The White House did it illegally to secure a political advantage in the political battle over the nuclear deal. They spied to win a political debate! He didn’t spy on David Cameron who was lobbying congress to pass the awful deal.
This is an outrageous abuse of the powers of the Executive.
This is why these people have to be reined in. They are not accountable.
What makes this extremely concerning is that Obama feels he can spy on anyone if it suits him politically and when he chooses to spy, he spies on his own congress and allies.
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the NSA’s monitoring of such exchanges raised fears that the Obama administration would be accused of spying on Congress, with one official calling it an “oh, s— moment”.
Do you think these people will hesitate to spy on you and me if they want to “get us” for something?
The reason they spied on the Israeli Prime Minister was to know what Netanyahu was saying about the nuclear deal as he tried to stop it.
The so-called deal isn’t even signed by the Ayatollah and he’s already violated the deal, but he will get his $150 billion anyway. It was a great giveaway to Iran.
It puts Israel in worse danger and he had every right to lobby against it and as our closest ally in the Middle East and the only democracy in the region, he had every right to his privacy.
The Journal reported that the NSA – obviously at the direction of our corrupt administration – removed the names of U.S. lawmakers from the intelligence reports it shared, and also redacted any criticism of the Obama administration.
We have the right to this information.
The Journal also reported that Obama left Netanyahu off a list of world leaders who would be exempt from NSA activities after the president vowed to curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state in January 2014.
“As a general matter, and as we have said previously, we do not conduct any foreign intelligence surveillance activities unless there is a specific and validated national security purpose. This applies to ordinary citizens and world leaders alike,” Ned Price, National Security Council spokesman, said in a statement.
We are treating our allies like enemies and sworn enemies like friends.
It isn’t just Netanyahu, when the NSA listens in on foreigners, they are scooping up conversations with millions of Americans.
This is a big problem for our First Amendment.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a presidential candidate, told Fox News the report just demonstrates the need for more controls on the NSA.
“I’m appalled by it,” Paul said Wednesday. “You could see how it would stifle speech if you’re going to eavesdrop on congressmen, and that it might stifle what they say or who they communicate with.”
Watch Rand Paul on the issue:
Marco Rubio said, “I actually think it might even be worse than some people might think. But this is an issue that we’ll keep a close eye on and the role that I have in Intelligence Committee. But — not trying to be evasive but I want to be very careful in a national broadcast like this how I discuss these sorts of issues.”
The US government, with assistance from major telecommunications carriers including AT&T, has engaged in massive, illegal dragnet surveillance of the domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans since at least 2001, the Electronic Frontier Foundation reported.
While it’s been slightly curtailed, it’s not enough when a president can spy on whoever the hay he wants.
We do have to be careful about how we control the NSA but we do need more controls than this. Obama spying on an ally and Congress is a bridge too far.