Obama has once again selected a panel of advisers that he describes as independent experts to scrutinize the NSA’s surveillance programs to be sure they were not violating civil liberties and to restore Americans’ trust. However, once again Obama is lying (Obama is “good” at that!) and the independent spying review team is anything but that!
It was just a way it seems to keep the American people quiet about the spying that was being done by the Obama administration.
The independent spying review panel has effectively been operating as an arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA and all other U.S. spy efforts.
In fact, the independent spying review team work in offices on loan from the DNI. In addition, independent spying reviews requests and press statements from the are carefully coordinated through the DNI’s press office. James Clapper, the intelligence director and who lied to the Congress panel that was looking into the NSA before the spying on Americans became known, exempted the panel from U.S. rules that require federal committees to conduct their business and their meetings in ways the public can observe. In addition, James Clapper, better known as shithead, has said that the independent spying review’s final report, will be submitted for White House approval before the public can read it.
Even the independent spying review team’s official name suggests it is run by Clapper’s office: “Director of National Intelligence Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.”
Its meetings in recent weeks with technology industry and privacy groups have been closed to the public even though no classified information was discussed. During one session, two participants said, that independent spying review members told the group that they might hold a separate classified meeting soon with technology executives to discuss details of secret surveillance programs.
“No one can look at this group and say it’s completely independent,” said one attendee, Sascha Meinrath, director of the Open Technology Institute and vice president at the New America Foundation. Meinrath said the closed meetings “leave the public out of the loop.”
Obama described the “independent group” in an August 9th speech and said its members would “consider how we can maintain the trust of the people, how we can make sure that there absolutely is no abuse in terms of how these surveillance technologies are used.” Who still trust the Obama. Obama has lost all creditability with the American people. Around the world, Obama is known as a LIAR!
The formal White House memorandum a few later does not specify anything about its role being independent of the Obama administration. It directed the so-called independent spying review panel to emphasize in its review whether U.S. spying programs protect national security, advance foreign policy and are protected against the types of leaks that led to the national debate in the first place. The final consideration in the White House memo told the panel to examine “our need to maintain the public trust.” As you can see, there was no mention of the panel investigating surveillance abuses. After all, Obama wants to protect himself and his thugs!
Four of the five independent spying review members previously worked for Democratic administrations. A fifth so-called independent spying review member, Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago, leads a university committee looking to build Obama’s presidential library in Chicago and was an informal adviser to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Some independent spying review committee!
Stone later wrote in a July that the NSA surveillance program that collects the phone records of every American every day is Constitutional.
A spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, Caitlin Hayden, said the review group is looking at spy programs authorized under the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the USA Patriot Act, and references to the NSA collecting phone-records and obtaining copies of Internet messages from U.S. technology companies. And NOT abuses!
Obama, has, however, backed the surveillance programs as essential for national security and that spying on Americans is Constitutional. Just can’t wait until 2014 and impeachment hearings begin!
Participants in one session held for the technology industry included lawyers and other figures from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook and Apple. Of course, all those firms have reportedly worked with the NSA in surveillance operations. The technology executives pressed for more authority to tell computer users their private data was not being abused by the Obama administration, said Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
However, neither session, according to participants, gave any hint of changes under consideration and that spying on Americans would continue by the Obama administration.