When it comes to writing headlines, well talk about burying the lead!
It seems to me the proper headline should be, “U.S. Spies on Congress!”
From the article:
“President Barack Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs.
But behind the scenes, the White House decided to keep certain allies under close watch, current and former U.S. officials said. Topping the list was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”
Not really much of a surprise. President Obama breaks another promise? That barely qualifies as news these days. Particularly from an administration that regards Israel a bigger threat than Iran.
“The National Security Agency’s targeting of Israeli leaders and officials also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups. That raised fears—an “Oh-s— moment,” one senior U.S. official said—that the executive branch would be accused of spying on Congress.”
Now I have no problem with the US spying on allies. Unless we have some sort of non spying pact, I would say that’s fair game. But what isn’t fair game is “US Persons” particularly when they are US Congressmen. One would expect that the Obama administration would be a bit more circumspect when it comes to spying on Americans.
“White House officials believed the intercepted information could be valuable to counter Mr. Netanyahu’s campaign. They also recognized that asking for it was politically risky. So, wary of a paper trail stemming from a request, the White House let the NSA decide what to share and what to withhold, officials said. “We didn’t say, ‘Do it,’ ” a senior U.S. official said. “We didn’t say, ‘Don’t do it.’ ””
So the intention of the spying wasn’t some rubric of US national security, it was blatantly political. And the White House wouldn’t even draw the line on spying on Americans.
In an objective sense, this scandal is bigger than Watergate. But in a 21st Century news media sense, it’s a yawner. After all, what legitimate news source wants to run a story critical of Obama?
Not many apparently. I was particularly disappointed in Meet The Press, which I watched yesterday hoping for some tidbit on what should be one of the biggest scandals of the Obama administration…
Not a single mention.
Someone remind me again why we were supposed to be all freaked out about the NSA having a database of phone metadata information…basically a phone bill?
Honestly, someone remind me.