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  •  Black budget spending choices are (43+ / 0-)

    authorized by the president.

    Congress votes for the funds and the uses of the funds are decided by the Executive Branch to meet our "security" needs.

    For example, Congress never voted for the famous "Skunk Works" to develop the U-2 or SR-71.  They voted to fund the black budgets of the CIA and the Defense Department.  The CIA, as directed by the president, contracted with Lockheed to develop the U-2.

    So, what I am saying is this:  The president knows full well what is going on. Anyone who thinks the president has no power over federal agencies... well, maybe has never worked for a federal agency.  It's #3. He knows. He's responsible. He approves.

    His commission to review NSA spying is not charged with protecting the Constitutional Rights of Americans.

    It is charged with securing "public trust" in an NSA-spying government. That's literally the charge. Here is the key paragraph, along with a link to Whitehouse.gov for the entire memo:

    The Review Group will assess whether, in light of advancements in communications technologies, the United States employs its technical collection capabilities in a manner that optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy while appropriately accounting for other policy considerations, such as the risk of unauthorized disclosure and our need to maintain the public trust. Within 60 days of its establishment, the Review Group will brief their interim findings to me through the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and the Review Group will provide a final report and recommendations to me through the DNI no later than December 15, 2013.
    He knows. He approves. He's not interested in over-reach but rather in getting us to "trust" this type of spying.

    He IS interested in leaks and stopping leakers. He's prosecuted more whistleblowers than any other president - I believe it may be all other presidents combined at this point.

    He also lied to the American people when he promised to push back Bush-era surveillance on Americans in his campaign speeches.

    He also lied about supporting whistleblowers in his campaign speeches. That may be part of the reason there are so many -- did they have an expectation formed by relying upon President Obama's false assurances?

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 08:21:06 AM PDT

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    •  Ooops! Link didn't make it. (25+ / 0-)

      Here it is.

      August 12, 2013

      Presidential Memorandum -- Reviewing Our Global Signals Intelligence Collection and Communications Technologies

      SUBJECT: Reviewing Our Global Signals Intelligence Collection and Communications Technologies

      The United States, like all nations, gathers intelligence in order to protect its national interests and to defend itself, its citizens, and its partners and allies from threats to our security. The United States cooperates closely with many countries on intelligence matters and these intelligence relationships have helped to ensure our common security.

      Recent years have brought unprecedented and rapid advancements in communications technologies, particularly with respect to global telecommunications. These technological advances have brought with them both great opportunities and significant risks for our Intelligence Community: opportunity in the form of enhanced technical capabilities that can more precisely and readily identify threats to our security, and risks in the form of insider and cyber threats.

      I believe it is important to take stock of how these technological advances alter the environment in which we conduct our intelligence mission. To this end, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I am directing you to establish a Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies (Review Group).

      The Review Group will assess whether, in light of advancements in communications technologies, the United States employs its technical collection capabilities in a manner that optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy while appropriately accounting for other policy considerations, such as the risk of unauthorized disclosure and our need to maintain the public trust. Within 60 days of its establishment, the Review Group will brief their interim findings to me through the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and the Review Group will provide a final report and recommendations to me through the DNI no later than December 15, 2013.

      You are hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

      BARACK OBAMA

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 08:22:35 AM PDT

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    •  Well, of course you know there's other (3+ / 0-)
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      forms of power than the legal ones.

      There are plenty of ways for a powerful director of national intelligence to influence a politician.

      But that is speculation, and not really that important to the real discussion.

      Ou sont les neigedens d'antan?

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 10:10:38 AM PDT

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      •  well, Clapper is a clutz, (4+ / 0-)

        So I doubt it is him.

        I agree such a scenario could take place, but watching the president speak and promise outside review, then appoint rank insiders.....  Well, it seems he's tipped his hand in this to me.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 12:18:35 PM PDT

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        •  like I said, we can't exactly know (2+ / 0-)
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          and the most important thing here is the resulting policies.

          The party of Kennedy is also the party of Eastland. The party of Javits is also the party of Goldwater. Where is our party? Where is the political party that will make it unnecessary to march on Washington?

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 12:32:15 PM PDT

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