Obama Claims His New Reforms Will…Wait for It…Give Americans ‘More Confidence’ in NSA
Friday, December 6, 2013
During an interview Thursday with Chris Matthews of MSNBC (the outlet that officially changed its tagline to “what progressives have been waiting for”), President Obama said he will propose new reforms that will give Americans “more confidence” in the National Security Administration (NSA).
Considering the majority of Americans paying attention for longer than five seconds to ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s continual ocean of leaks already have zero-to-less-than-zero confidence in the NSA’s respect for our rights at this point, all the president would have to do is say people will have more confidence and if one halfwit regains even a glimmer of hope that we aren’t all living in a dystopic Orwellian big brother nightmare for even a moment, the president will have fulfilled his promise.
Smart plan for a fail-proof confidence booster, right?
Wrong, because unfortunately, the president then went on to say, “The NSA actually does a very good job about not engaging in domestic surveillance.” Well that’s just not really the same as saying that the NSA absolutely does not engage in domestic spying (because they do).
After that, Obama went on to point out, “Outside of our borders, the NSA’s more aggressive. It’s not constrained by laws.”
Oh. Gee. Good to know.