Is Obama Lying About Big Brother?

Tyler Durden's picture

As of this moment, Obama is making the case that the US government is not eavesdropping on phone calls. Specifically, he said "nobody is listening to your phone calls - they are just looking at phone numbers and duration of calls" and concluded that the NSA was only engaged in "modest encroachments." It was unclear if that clarification was meant to put to rest fears that Big Brother has made personal privacy a thing of the past. He further went on to add that the telephone surveillance program is fully vetted by Congress and supervised by the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA). In other words: Obama is making the case that the NSA's Big Brother supervision is perfectly legal and not only that, there are checks and balances and neither the telephonic snooping nor the internet supervision is anything to be concerned about.  There is one problem: Obama is lying.

Back in April 2009, three months into the Obama regime, none other than the NSA admitted it has overstepped its legal boundaries. As the NYT reported: "The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews. "

NYT goes on:

Several intelligence officials, as well as lawyers briefed about the matter, said the N.S.A. had been engaged in “overcollection” of domestic communications of Americans. They described the practice as significant and systemic, although one official said it was believed to have been unintentional.


The Justice Department, in response to inquiries from The New York Times, acknowledged Wednesday night that there had been problems with the N.S.A. surveillance operation, but said they had been resolved.


As part of a periodic review of the agency’s activities, the department “detected issues that raised concerns,” it said. Justice Department officials then “took comprehensive steps to correct the situation and bring the program into compliance” with the law and court orders, the statement said. It added that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. went to the national security court to seek a renewal of the surveillance program only after new safeguards were put in place.

The same Eric Holder who is currently being investigated for perjury before congress. As for "compliance" 4 years later it seems nothing has changed.

As for Obama's clear conscience:

The legal and operational problems surrounding the N.S.A.’s surveillance activities have come under scrutiny from the Obama administration, Congressional intelligence committees and a secret national security court, said the intelligence officials, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because N.S.A. activities are classified. Classified government briefings have been held in recent weeks in response to a brewing controversy that some officials worry could damage the credibility of legitimate intelligence-gathering efforts.

Well thank god the most transparent administration held classified briefings to discuss the biggest government espionage program ever conceived. One may have gotten ideas otherwise...

Finally, on Obama's pinky swear that it is only foreigners' emails and iMessages that are being intercepted, turns out he is lying here too:

In recent weeks, the eavesdropping agency notified members of the Congressional intelligence committees that it had encountered operational and legal problems in complying with the new wiretapping law, Congressional officials said.


Officials would not discuss details of the overcollection problem because it involves classified intelligence-gathering techniques. But the issue appears focused in part on technical problems in the N.S.A.’s ability at times to distinguish between communications inside the United States and those overseas as it uses its access to American telecommunications companies’ fiber-optic lines and its own spy satellites to intercept millions of calls and e-mail messages.

And so on.

In short: what difference does it make - it is only the stripping of the most fundamental privacy rights of US citizens! And how else can you build a totalitarian government if you don't give up some freedoms - good heavens, one can't ask the poor president to provide 100% security without experiencing some "inconvenience" and handing over a little privacy. Or a lot.

In the end, let's not forget what really matters: the NSA spying program is from the government, and it is here to help you.

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Finally, here is Matt Damon explaining why he wouldn't work for the NSA:

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lolmao500's picture

Is water wet? Does a bear shit in the woods? Is the sky blue? Are politicians crooks?

max2205's picture

all are liars...the days of denying from them have full out spin and lies while we all now see the truth

quintago's picture

This guy needs to go. I'm tired of this shit.

john39's picture

doesn't matter who plays the role of puppet in chief....  the fascist system is in place.

quintago's picture

I'm going to start answering the phone with "prism" or "bomb" instead of hello. I'm going to do my part to render the system so full of noise that it becomes useless. It's time we found a new way to say hello anyways.

Divided States of America's picture

I guess this will be the last time you will be in touch with anyone (aside from the Feds). Good Bye.

Say What Again's picture

Who is this guy, obama, that everyone keeps talking about?

Pure Evil's picture

It's amazing how all the talking heads are either defending the practice, actually saw this on a local morning show, or, they are minimizing the impact by saying that nobody's 1st amendment rights were infringed.

Of course, no mention is discussed as to whether our 4th amendment rights have been infringed.

James_Cole's picture

Good Will Hunting and the Seige - two movies I saw again recently. Of all the movies, hadn't of thought those two would be prescient.

Good clip.

Joe Davola's picture

"modest encroachments."  I'll only stick it in a little.

redpill's picture

I'm sick of these fucking fascists.

macholatte's picture


Tyler, Tyler, Tyler

I keep telling you to stop confusing everybody with facts but you just don't listen.

Now go watch PBS and get your mind right.




BTW: Matt Damon = jerkoff hypocrite

Totentänzerlied's picture

"jerkoff hypocrite" is a euphemistic way of saying liberal douchebag, which is rather redundant.

Precious's picture

Q: Is Obama Lying?

A: Are His Lips Moving?

espirit's picture

If they can do it, they will do it.


This just in's picture

My letter to the editor of many publications:

I don't know if my comments can make a difference, but I have to hope so. I am old enough to remember the Nixon years.  I remember how America was scarred by that scandal.

There is a cancer on this presidency.  There exists a real and present threat to our freedom. Please, for the sake of us all, diligently report the truth about what is happening in this administration.  

Incredibly, as I send this, my words are likely being captured.  I, as a private American citizen, do not belong in the path of tyranny.  Yet, I am.  All of us are.

Please help to protect my freedom.  Please work to protect all of our freedoms.

Once lost, liberty is not easily returned.  You can make a difference now, before we all suffer a generational, tragic loss.  You are the ones who inform the public.  You have a responsibility to safeguard our freedom.

I earnestly hope you will consider this petition. As one voice, I am rather powerless.  You are not.

We must put aside all other differences at this critical, desperate moment. There is no more time to delude ourselves.  Our nation is on fire.

Your reporting will forever stand in comparison to the unfolding history we are all about to experience.  

In time, the voracity of your work will be apparent to all.

I do hope you understand your responsibility, and your opportunity.

GetZeeGold's picture






Time to take out the trash.


I'll start on my side, you start on your side, and we'll meet in the middle.



economics9698's picture

Politicians have been selected by the Yids ever since McKinley was assassinated by a Yid follower.

SMG's picture

Nope, wrong people, try again.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Incorrect. The answer is... wrong entity

(not my downvote)

smlbizman's picture

my promise , when it comes to my front door, it will end there for me and whoever is on the other side....ive always said i will fight and die for the right front door is my line in the sand....fuck em, take one with you, best we can do....

Widowmaker's picture

You are fucking clueless.  Read some history.

Midasking's picture

well said, times are sure to get interesting actually even more so.  The people need to get informed and actually do something...

NoDebt's picture

Both sides are licking their lips and quietly cheering this on.  They know someday THEY will be the ones in power and they WANT THIS SHIT.  They want it so bad they can TASTE it.  Intoxicating control and power.  They care for nothing else, and technology has just dropped the tools to achieve it right into their laps.

At this point I really wish Obama would press the "internet kill button" and be done with it.  No offense to the Tylers and ZH, but the internet on the whole is looking more like a tool of oppression than freedom at this point.

Say..... now that I think about it, how could Obama have an "internet kill button" without already being tied into all the major communication providers in the first place?  Should have seen it coming.


yatikto's picture

Exactly,  they have everyone profiled and categorized.   They know more about you than you would admit to your friends. 


All those people who "got nothing to hide", should wake up and pose the same question to their government.

GetZeeGold's picture




There is no R and there is no D.


McCain and Obama are on the same team.


Bendromeda Strain's picture

Yeah, and Romney is an elder in a cult that constructs your geneology. And Google isn't evil. And, and, and...

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

That's exactly how the people in Turkey feel:

I particularly like the slide 20, with the girl holding the sign: "Resistance is not Terrorism"

And the messages in slides 28, 30, 32, 103. 

And the home-made gas mask in #48 (made from water bottle).  And the old man in #62 (home made gas mask and shield).  Note the pepper-spray via pressure hose (connected to large tank somewhere).  The body language gestures in #73, #80 (protesters helping cop with broken leg), #101+102 (Saran-wrap gas mask).

You won't see this in the US/USSA.

macholatte's picture


Good slide show.


francis_sawyer's picture

Nobody will ever take you seriously until you have a fully functional BREAD HELMET...


explodinghead's picture

Good slide show.  I didn't realize the Guy Fawkes mask was that international.  

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Shame to see Guevara t-shirts and (modified) Hammer and Sickle flags though. Can't any popular movement bubble up without the usual suspects (the ones who time and time again betray their useful idiots) attempting to hijack them? I wonder how many have even seen V for Vendetta, with it's evil Christian theocracy and reverence for the "holy Koran"? It's a shit movie imo, but the Resistance idea has such appeal that it unfortunately has to suffice for some. Git yer masks here, step right up! There you go, $50, thank you.

TeamDepends's picture

But you'll use lube and won't film it right?  Right?

TuesdayBen's picture

I promise the most transparent and honest rape you've ever experienced.

TexasAggie's picture

I'm from the IRS and I am here to help.

Common_Cents22's picture

auschwitz gas showers were modest encroachments too


look up the movie "conspiracy"  around 2001, the krauts coming up with "evacuation" plans for the Jews.    Chilling movie.

Wannabee's picture

Only 'little bit' pregnant....

Freddie's picture

Hollywood and TV ARE Operation Mockingbird.  Matt Damon is one of O's puppets.   Hollywood and TV tease us with all the police state shit and glorify the CIA, NSA, etc to condition you to accept it.

It never went away.  It is just worse now.  The Internet is the best spy tool ever and TV/Hollywood are the best tools to brainwash and manipulate thoughts and public opinion.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Matt Damon is a human psyop. His Good Will Hunting screenplay was setting up the left like a t-ball, and Obama is the bat.

imaginalis's picture

Imagine the development of algorithms to detect the intention of whistleblowing from massive database records of phone calls. Such research, were it to be underway, might be classified as secret for national security reasons.


We need superwhistleblowers

Ignatius's picture

"We need superwhistleblowers"


William Binney

John Kiriakou

Bradly Manning

Sibel Edmonds

Daniel Ellsberg

Mordechai Vanunu

Gary Webb

Harry Markopolis

Coleen Rowley



InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

putting manning on there is being generous

James_Cole's picture

putting manning on there is being generous

Bradley Manning is a hero.

aerojet's picture

He placed his life on the line to ensure that we the people found out about some important details.  It is exactly like the Pentagon Papers, only what has been revealed is so much more mind boggling it is surreal.  Our government and the things it does are both insane.

Yes_Questions's picture



Rowley is an important figure here too.  Read up on her if not familiar.


fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

Bradley Manning is just a guy who could not be happy only being a drag queen on friday nights. now he gets to be a queen every single day.

DaveyJones's picture

Is that your idea of a throne? He took some risk on absolute principles. Like we all should do