On Tuesday night, President Obama sat down with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. Leno asked the President questions concerning Benghazi, his birthday, the recent closures of embassies, global warming, and Edward Snowden and the NSA.
Now, I don’t watch The Tonight Show, and I didn’t watch this particular night either, but I did see the entire buzz on Twitter when President Obama responded to Leno asking about the NSA and Edward Snowden. There were a few answers that the President gave that made me absolutely cringe.
When asked about whistleblowers, President Obama responded:
“I can tell you that there are ways, if you think that the government is abusing a program, of coming forward. In fact, I, through executive order, signed whistleblower protection for intelligence officers or people who are involved in the intelligence industry.”
I’m going to call bullshit on this one! Like I posted last week, the Obama Administration has a War on Whistleblowers, since his administration has prosecuted more people under the Espionage Act than any other administrations combined. This whole “there are ways of coming forward” is simply false—just ask Manning, Snowden, Drake, or any of the other whistleblowers during this administration.
When asked about Russia granting asylum to Snowden, he said he was disappointed in Russia and that they’re going back to that “Cold War Mentality.” Let’s be honest—Russia did something legal, they were in full accordance with what they would do to anyone looking to be granted asylum or refuge.
Lastly, when asked about the NSA, he responded:
“We don’t have a domestic spying program. What we do have are some mechanisms where we can track a phone number or an email address that we know is connected to some sort of terrorist threat. And that information is useful. But what I’ve said before I want to make sure I repeat, and that is we should be skeptical about the potential encroachments on privacy. None of the revelations show that government has actually abused these powers, but they’re pretty significant powers.”
Are you kidding me?! Did he really just say that the United States does not have a domestic spying program? Yet, his own National Security Team just acknowledged over a week ago that the NSA puts all the phone records of every citizen into a database. If that’s not an abuse of power, then I don’t know what is at this point.
This recent interview with the president is just straight up enraging—claiming his protections for whistleblowers, calling out Russia for doing the right thing, and saying that there is no domestic spying program. I just can’t even begin to tell you how much it frustrates me that our President can just go on late night television and continue to frivolously lie to the American public. People need to stop letting this administration pull the wool over their eyes, before it’s too late.