by Jim Emerson, staff writer
Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper admitted to the House Select Committee on Intelligence that Mr. Obama and senior White House officials “were well aware of U.S. surveillance activities targeting leaders of friendly foreign nations.” (1) Despite the best efforts of professional Democrat liars (aka consultants) Mr. Obama unquestionably knew about the intelligence communities targeting of foreign leaders. In fact, he pointed out that “neither the CIA nor the National Security Agency can tap into a given leader’s private communications without White House oversight.”
Not only was Obama regularly briefed on the programs, so was Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Though perhaps not privy to the details of the operations, both were fully aware of the intelligence reports gleaned from the tapping thanks to daily intelligence briefings.
Democrats at large and their propagandists in the main stream media were genuflecting to protect the liar-in-chief as they claimed the Intelligence community never briefed Mr. Obama or his staff about the operations. Members of the intelligence community are outraged that Obama and his talking heads tried to throw them under the bus. (2) Unlike true Alinskyite believers, long time spies don’t appreciate being sacrificed for political cover.
Dianne Feinstein’s Senate intelligence committee voted this week to permit the NSA program (PRISM) to collect records of the phone calls of American citizens. Naturally, this is something else the White House knew nothing about. The Agency was allowed to collect data in accordance with the Patriot Act. (3) The original purpose of the Act was to provide the NSA with sufficient authority to find terrorists and their handlers on American soil. However, the scope of the law was expanded to allow the collection of information on all Americans. Dianne Feinstein’s proposal would restrict the ways in which the Agency might share data with other federal agencies. At no time did Mr. Obama or DiFi prohibit the NSA from snooping on friendly foreign leaders.