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Privacy and Control: CISA

CISA was reintroduced and passed -- secretly buried in a 2000 page budget bill.

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Lies, Lies, Lies: The Forked Tongue of the President's Spokesman

In preparation for the debut of the Loyal 9 film, "Jay Carney Tells the Truth" we give you the real words of the real Jay Carney. Not the truth.


by President Obama's Spokesman, Jay Carney

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Press secretary Jay Carney

Loyal 9 Staff announces the release next week of their video showing what truth would look like from the White House Press Room.


In the meantime, we are left to witness what really comes from the White House Press Room. Not the truth.


What follows are samples from the daily facade of softball questions and Jay Carney's forked-tongue answers that make up the White House press conference.


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12/19/2013 Q President Putin today says that he envies President Obama. Basically his ability to get away with anything. Including the stuff that has been revealed by Mr Snowden. What is your response to that?


MR. CARNEY: I think the President believes that what’s remarkable about this country is that anybody can say what he or she wants about the government and about -- and to peacefully protest without retribution, consequence.


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8/8/13 Q Jay, coming back to this NSA program, the President in June said, talking about the metadata collection program, “We’ve saved lives. We know of at least 50 threats that have been averted because of this information, so lives have been saved.” So the question is, does the President still believe that?


MR. CARNEY: The President does still believe and knows that this program is an important piece of the overall efforts that we engage in to combat threats against the lives of American citizens and threats to our overall national security, as well as threats to the lives and security of allies and allied nations, as I mentioned earlier.


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Q The President said, “We can track a phone number or an email address that we know is connected to some sort of terrorism threat”? Those are his words. And then the Times is reporting today that, in their words, the NSA is “searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans’ email and text communications,” and presumably not all of those people are connected to terror, as the President said.


MR. CARNEY: Well, no, you’re wrong. What I made clear in answer to Jim is that this program is focused entirely on foreign terrorist threats, and information that is tracked is related solely to that.… What I think is absolutely the case -- and I think you’re blending a couple of things here -- is the metadata collection represented by 215 is not content, it is telephone numbers and call times.


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6/10/2013 Q Jay, since 2012, as we've noted in the front row, I think there have been about 1,789 cases brought by the government before this FISA Court; zero denied. I want to get a sense of who provides the alternate argument in that FISA Court.


MR. CARNEY: I would point you to others to answer that question. What I can tell you is that the FISA Court is established to provide oversight over exactly these kinds of matters, and the FISA Court, as a piece of oversight, as one of the pieces of the oversight puzzle that was put together as part of the legislation, is backed by bipartisan majorities.


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Q Jay, does the President think it's ever acceptable for a member of the national security establishment to leak classified material to journalists when that person believes that the law is being violated, or something is wrong?


MR CARNEY: There are provisions in place for people who work in the intelligence community to pursue concerns that they have.


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Q Does the President agree that the law should be reopened and this is an opportunity to do that?


MR. CARNEY: As we find the appropriate balance between our national security interests -- our security interests, on one hand, and our privacy interests on the other, he also made clear that you cannot have 100 percent security and 100 privacy...




Comments






Alex
UT
04 Jan 2014
at 11:52PM

What a joke. If they've supposedly saved so many lives, why not release the information to the public; who, what, where, and why? Let me guess, they can't because of "national security". To the spokesman's last statement: "those willing to sacrifice liberty for a little security deserve neither".

Eric
AZ
05 Jan 2014
at 12:58AM

It's amazing what you can justify with enough spin...

Brian
MO
05 Jan 2014
at 06:57AM

This start of the questions and answers sums up the scenario in it's entirety.................. Q President Putin today says that he envies President Obama. Basically his ability to get away with anything. Including the stuff that has been revealed by Mr Snowden. What is your response to that? MR. CARNEY: I think the President believes that what’s remarkable about this country is that anybody can say what he or she wants about the government and about -- and to peacefully protest without retribution, consequence. These minions have all been trained by the obamma machine to avoid pointed questions that would expose the truth by nonchalantly giving a "pep rally" response. Informed Americans should know better as Putin has already identified this rehearsed trait.

Joseph
CA
05 Jan 2014
at 10:07AM

I'd love to see the honest answers to these questions.


When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.

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