Liberal hypocrisy has been on almost constant display for the past 7 years. The very people who worried and whined about presidential abuse of power under George W. Bush have fallen silent as Barack Obama pushes executive abuses far further. Whether on mass surveillance, war, law enforcement (or non-enforcement), civil liberties, etc. etc. etc… the modern American liberals have proven themselves to be the most craven citizens our nation has ever produced.
This blatant disregard for intellectual honesty or consistency is on full display again this week as various news outlets report on the Obama administration being caught spying on Israel and on our Congress.
President Barack Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs.
But behind the scenes, the White House decided to keep certain allies under close watch, current and former U.S. officials said. Topping the list was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The U.S., pursuing a nuclear arms agreement with Iran at the time, captured communications between Mr. Netanyahu and his aides that inflamed mistrust between the two countries and planted a political minefield at home when Mr. Netanyahu later took his campaign against the deal to Capitol Hill.
This isn’t great… but I honestly don’t think it’s all that terrible either. I wasn’t upset when we got caught spying on Germany and Brazil either. (Or, I was upset… but I got upset because we got caught. Which means our intelligence agencies didn’t do their job.) We should be spying on other countries, even our allies, because in so doing our government can better protect our citizens. However, this story should (and hopefully will) become a MAJOR scandal for the Obama administration – not because we were caught (again) spying on Israel, but because the Obama administration was caught spying on Congress.
The National Security Agency’s targeting of Israeli leaders and officials also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups. That raised fears—an “Oh-s— moment,” one senior U.S. official said—that the executive branch would be accused of spying on Congress.
White House officials believed the intercepted information could be valuable to counter Mr. Netanyahu’s campaign. They also recognized that asking for it was politically risky. So, wary of a paper trail stemming from a request, the White House let the NSA decide what to share and what to withhold, officials said. “We didn’t say, ‘Do it,’ ” a senior U.S. official said. “We didn’t say, ‘Don’t do it.’ ”
So, will liberals and their cronies in the media get fired up over this breach of trust with the American people? Probably not.