Beeler on government listening
posted at 1:03 pm on August 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
I think Nate Beeler captures the White House’s approach to the NSA scandal remarkably well:
McClatchy reports on another way Obama isn’t listening:
In pledging to make changes that could curtail the federal government’s ability to spy on Americans, President Barack Obama failed to address calls by lawmakers and experts to overhaul a law that allows the National Security Agency to search vast databases of individual Americans’ emails without court warrants.
Some lawmakers, technology organizations and civil liberty groups had urged Obama and his top aides to end – or at least limit – those searches at two meetings at the White House last week as the president prepared proposals to dispel criticism of the NSA surveillance programs, according to several people familiar with the sessions.
“There are a lot of questions that the government has to answer about that particular program, and it was disappointing and surprising that Obama failed to mention it” at a news conference Friday, said Jameel Jaffer, the deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which was represented at the meetings.
Yes, but don’t worry. Obama is listening. Of that, we can be certain.