President Obama is caught up in yet another scandal, this time to do with Verizon… and more First Amendment violations.
On top of the IRS targeting conservative groups, the Benghazi botch-up and following cover-up, and the Justice Department wiretapping the Associated Press, now we’re learning that the Obama administration is collecting telephone records on millions of non-media members as well.
The UK’s Guardian somehow acquired access to a secret court order demanding that Verizon hand over reams of customer call records to the federal government. Then the newspaper published its findings for all the world to see.
Now, according to some senior Obama administration official, the court order only pertained to telephone numbers, call lengths, etc., not callers identities or the content of their conversations.
But let’s deactivate all brain cells for a minute and say we believe him and his abhorrent boss. Even in that case, the next statement from the same unnamed official is absurd and insulting:
This information is “a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the United States. It allows counter terrorism personnel to discover whether known or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons who may be engaged in terrorist activities, particularly people located inside the United States.”
Terrorist threats like the Boston Marathon bombing attack?
Terrorist threats like what happened in Benghazi, Libya where our embassy was sieged, our ambassador killed and three other Americans literally left for dead as well?
Terrorist threats like the Time Square Bomber, who set a bomb in New York City, which would have gone off if not for some alert, regular, everyday citizens whose phone records might even now be in the hands of the incompetent, immature, hostile federal government?
Terrorist threats like the Underwear Bomber who made it successfully past TSA and onto the flight he planned to blow up? Terrorist threats like the Fort Hood shooter? Or the Little Rock recruiting office shooter?
Clearly, the Obama administration’s is failing miserably in protecting us against terrorist threats.
I might be able to excuse the First Amendment violation if A) Obama actually cared about this country and B) he was actually protecting it. But it’s over-the-top obvious that he and his minions are power-abusing, anti-American dictator-wannabes with delusions of godhood.
So nope. Sorry. That excuse flies as well as a dead horse six feet under. (i.e. not at all.)