A totally biased and unqualified Obama donor is set to investigate the IRS, so why not a Soros dependent to investigate the NSA? Remember when investigators were supposed to have the appearance of balance and propriety?
On Friday Barack Obama held a press conference to announce once again that he knows absolutely nothing about what his government is doing. DrJohn’s Law say that whatever Obama says is a lie and the opposite is almost always the truth. Obama denied knowing how invasive the NSA has become and claimed that the NSA has never abused anyone’s privacy. That, naturally, is a lie:
For years, as new data came into the NSA’s database containing virtually every phone call record in the United States, analysts would search over 17,000 phone numbers in it every day. It turns out only about 1,800 of those numbers – 11% – met the legal requirement that the NSA have “reasonable articulable suspicion” that the number was involved in terrorism.
What were the other 89% of the numbers being searched for? We’re not exactly sure. But we do know that five years after the metadata program was brought under a legal framework, the Fisa court concluded it had been “so frequently and systematically violated that it can fairly be said that this critical element of the overall … regime has never functioned effectively”.
Then Obama let us know who would lead an investigation into something he claimed wasn’t being abused.
President Barack Obama announced Friday that John Podesta, his new “counselor” and the political operative responsible for creating the institutional left in Washington, will be the appointed “to lead a comprehensive review of big data and privacy” in the aftermath of revelations about the National Security Agency’s electronic spying programs. When he joined the White House last month, Podesta’s focus was said to be “climate change.”
The president’s speech contained little news. It was a classic Obama set-piece, designed to demonstrate that he understands both sides of a complex argument, while delegating responsibility to third parties and taking steps that reinforce the interests and goals of the hard left. In this instance, Obama left final decisions about where to store NSA data to Congress, while making sure that Podesta is in charge of the consultative process as a whole.
John Podesta is a George Soros dependent.
What he didn’t mention was that Podesta is the founder of the liberal Center for American Progress. CAP has gotten $7.3 million from liberal billionaire George Soros since 2000 and was one of the keystone liberal think tanks founded after the Democrats lost the 2004 election.
Podesta was to have focused on the health care law and climate change issues, according to a Dec. 9, New York Times article.
According to Obama, Podesta will work with a group of government officials and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, as well as reaching out to “privacy experts, technologists and business leaders,” to “look at how the challenges inherent in big data are being confronted by both the public and private sectors.” Podesta will also examine how government can “continue to promote the free flow of information in ways that are consistent with both privacy and security.” This will be done to address the ongoing NSA spying scandal that came to light in June 2013.
Podesta has a long history with Democrats. He co-chaired the transition team when Obama first came into office. He was also White House chief of staff under Clinton. Neera Tanden, who has worked for both Obama and Hillary Clinton, currently runs CAP.
CAP is an influential liberal policy writing and advocacy organization, complete with its own media outlet. Not only has CAP received more than $7.3 million from George Soros, it also has a membership program for corporations to be part of the discussion. Recently, CAP partnered with NBC Special anchor (and former wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger) Maria Shriver on a report which NBC News promoted without qualification.
CAP was part of coalition of liberal groups in March of 2012 who targeted the pro-free market American Legislative Exchange Council for having corporate donors and promoting policy initiatives not in line with liberal goals. This attack resulted in several of ALEC’s corporate members pulling out. A similar attack was launched by some of the same groups against the State Policy Network.
Podesta is a hyper-partisan bully who made an interesting comment last month when he was brought in by Obama:
“[Obama and his team] need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress,”
Over at Commentary magazine, Seth Mandel points out that while the quote was sufficiently offensive on its own the Podesta appointment means the remainder of the Obama regime will be dictatorial:
The confirmation that Obama wants a divisive partisan steering his second-term agenda isn’t exactly breaking news, and neither is the fact that he wants to ignore Congress and continue amassing power in the executive branch. But it’s significant precisely because it isn’t surprising. None of this would constitute a change of course for Obama, but a change of course can often be a productive way for a president to salvage a second term from the challenge of lame-duck status and diminishing political capital.
In appointing a lawyer from the Civil Rights Division to investigate IRS tax abuse and the appointment of a hyper partisan who calls the GOP a Jonestown cult Barack Obama has made some things very clear. One, that he has absolutely no intention of doing anything other than covering up the wrongs of his regime, and two, he has every intention of running over the Congress to implement his socialist agenda, Constitution be damned.
Long time NSA official Bill Binney says that we are now in a police state:
“This is a total corruption of the justice system not only in our country but around the world. The source of the info is at the bottom of each slide. This is a totalitarian process – means we are now in a police state.”
The next three years are going to be turbulent.