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Monday, October 28, 2013

Spying on Foreign Leaders

For John, BLUFThis is not good.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Down in Washington, The Hill Reports on "Obama unaware NSA spied on world leaders".  The author is Mr Justin Sink.  In part it reads:
The White House was unaware of National Security Agency surveillance targeting world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and ordered the spy agency to cease some monitoring programs after learning of them, according to a report Sunday in The Wall Street Journal.

According to the paper, the White House first learned of the operations during an internal administration review over the summer.  After their revelation, the White House ordered the NSA to halt some monitoring programs, including the one tracking Merkel.  Other surveillance efforts are still winding down.

The Journal report contradicts a story in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag that suggests that the president was personally briefed on the operation to monitor Merkel’s phone three years ago.

But according to the Journal’s reporting, President Obama only authorized broad intelligence-gathering priorities.  Senior administration officials told the newspaper that individual surveillance levels were made on the agency level.

This is not a good thing.  Somewhere in there is a certain dysfunctionality in our Government.

UPDATE:  Someone said it better than I did:  "What other programs does the President not know about that he should know about?  Does the machinery just operate itself? "

Regards  —  Cliff

1 comment:

Neal said...

so we have a POTUS who like Sgt Schultz "knows nothing." Has he ever in the past nearly 6 years admitted to knowing ANYTHING first hand??? What is so incredulous is that the WH apparently believes that some analyst in a cubicle in the NSA decided to sweep up not only Merkel's cell phone calls and other comm, but that of the French government as well. Wouldn't one think that before America would be "cleared" to evesdrop on another head of ostensibly our good friend and allie.....that OUR head of state would insist on having the final say,

But this is the same idiot who, after all the recent revelations of credible folks about Benghazi continues to pitch the deaths of an Ambassador and 3 other Americans as a phony scandal.

What is the scandal is that he hasn't been impeached yet.