August 12, 2013
Former NSA and CIA boss Michael Hayden went on Face the Nation Sunday and told America the NSA’s Fourth Amendment busting surveillance program is “lawful, effective, and appropriate.” He made it clear Obama did not say during a Friday news conference he would implement “operational changes” to the NSA program.
The former Air Force General, now a consultant with the folks who brought us naked body porno scanners at airports around the country, the Chertoff Group, said oversight of NSA surveillance is “already quite good” and “there have been no abuses under him or under his predecessor,” although Obama “does have this issue of confidence, this issue of transparency.”
“The president is trying to take some steps to make the American people more comfortable about what it is we’re doing,” Hayden continued. “That’s going to be hard” because “some steps to make Americans more comfortable will actually make Americans less safe,” he said. In other words, if the government decides to obey the Constitution it will result in terrorism.
Hayden was confident the “left” would not stop the NSA surveillance program. He said “folks from the so-called left, are a bit uneasy” about rampant NSA surveillance and constitutional violations. “They don’t want a little more transparency with regard to the metadata program. They want the program stopped. I don’t think it will be.”
Meanwhile, supporters of the forever war on mostly illusory terrorism are criticizing Obama’s call for NSA “reform,” in reality an effort to make Americans comfortable with the idea of ditching the Fourth Amendment.
King’s use of the word “wartime” is inaccurate due to the fact Obama and his predecessor did not bother to legally declare war as required under Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution.
“These programs are legal, transparent and contain the appropriate checks and balances among the executive, legislative and judicial branches of our government. These intelligence tools keep Americans safe every single day,” said King, who is chairman of House Homeland Security Committee’s Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.
As a proponent of the forever war against largely delusional would-be terrorists choreographed by the FBI, King said widespread NSA surveillance of the communications of all Americans is mandatory. “America is at war with Islamist terror groups that kill and maim innocent civilians,” he said, adding without evidence that the “current threat to the Homeland is just as high as it was before 9/11″ when terrorists trained on U.S. military bases allegedly attacked New York and Washington D.C.
The government’s propaganda war in America received a momentary boost after the government claimed earlier this month it had detected an unspecified terrorist “threat stream” and moved to close embassies in Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Libya, Madagascar, Burundi, Djibouti, Sudan, Rwanda, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The unsubstantiated threat dominated corporate media headlines for days. It played into the government’s assertion NSA surveillance is in fact detecting and shutting down terrorist threats.
After the United States said it had taken out the suspected al-Qaeda threat in Yemen, Obama claimed the CIA-created terror group “is on its heels” and “has been decimated,” an assertion disputed by major proponents in the manufactured forever war on terror, most on the Republican side of the right versus left partisan dog and pony show divide.
“You can’t say on the one hand you have destroyed, quote, core al Qaeda — by the way that is semantic gymnastics, which is remarkable — you can’t say that and at the same time have to close embassies and consulates all over the Middle East,” said Arizona Republican Senator John McCain on Sunday.
Last week, McCain’s terror war helpmate, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, said al-Qaeda has grown increasingly confident since the attack on the CIA’s Syrian gun running operation in Benghazi, Libya, an operation conducted under diplomatic cover. Graham said “these al-Qaeda types are really on steroids thinking we’re weaker and they’re stronger,” but did not offer any evidence to back-up his claim.
Graham, who is probably the most theatrical pro-forever war proponent in Washington, had previously compared what the NSA is doing to action taken by the government and its military during the Second World War.
“In World War II, the mentality of the public was that our whole way of life was at risk, we’re all in,” Graham said in June. “We censored the mail. When you wrote a letter overseas, it got censored. When a letter was written back from the battlefield to home, they looked at what was in the letter to make sure they were not tipping off the enemy.”
He then mulled the idea that the forever war on government created terrorists might require not just violating the Fourth Amendment, but also the First. “If I thought censoring the mail was necessary, I would suggest it, but I don’t think it is.”