Benghazi, Immigration, Syria: Rightbloggers Smear NSA (and Obama) on Everything

tomt200.jpgThe NSA controversy, which continues to develop, has been useful in a lot of ways. It's gotten people talking after a long period of quiet about the surveillance powers of the state -- and whereas the national security state had legions of defenders back in post-9/11 days, in these post-post-9/11 days it has no end of opponents, including many rightbloggers who once upon a time (i.e. during the Bush Administration) were very much in favor of it.

It would be wonderful if this increased opposition led to serious legislation to curtail government spooks, but so far rightbloggers seem much less interested in that than in beating up Obama so they can get their own guys back in control of the spy apparatus.

It's getting harder to find rightbloggers who'll admit they still think what was good about spying under George W. Bush remains good under Obama. At National Review, Andrew C. McCarthy is pretty much holding the torch alone for Total Information Awareness: "National security should not be nearly as partisan an issue as it has become since the Bush years," he recently sighed.

But in the same post McCarthy said that "the officials we have cannot be trusted" -- mirroring the spin by old Bush hands like Dick Cheney, who've been defending NSA while attacking Obama's "credibility."

And that's become the battle order for most of the brethren: Using the NSA news as a force multiplier to get the other DC "scandals" they've been promoting for the past month -- Benghazi AP IRS etc. -- up to weapons grade in time for the next congressional elections.

"The idealist [Obama] wants credit for ending the war, while the alleged pragmatist [Obama] wants to keep a surveillance apparatus that has no justification if the War on Terror is truly over," wrote Jonah Goldberg. "Maybe he's right on the merits." But because of Benghazi AP IRS etc., said Goldberg, "the problem is that fewer and fewer people are willing to take his word for it."

Goldberg's column did not back this judgment up with recent poll results, which show Obama's approval only slightly down from last month. Maybe Goldberg was thinking of the jump in sales of Orwell's 1984 after Obama referred to "Big Brother" in talking about the controversy; many of the brethren believe these purchases are not signs of curiosity, but a vote of no confidence in the President -- or at least they hope it will be read as such: "If you are upset by what you're hearing about the IRS, the NSA, the Justice Department, and Homeland Security these days," pleaded Kevin DuJan at HillBuzz, "be part of something and send a message by picking up a copy of '1984' for your family and friends." This could be as big as the boom in Atlas Shrugged sales that presaged the election of Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson to the Presidency in 2012.

But the lack of relevant metrics don't matter -- the campaign's young yet, and other rightbloggers are working hard on pushing the correct way of looking at things.

"All can agree that the Obama administration is mired in myriads of scandals," claimed Goldberg's colleague Victor Davis Hanson, perhaps speaking on the authority of an office survey, "but as yet no one can quite figure out what they all mean and where they will lead."

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Look, fellow honkies -- not only is he spying on us, but he's spying English style! Not even American like James Bond!
Thence ensued a litany of rightwing talking points -- Benghazi AP IRS etc. -- on which Hanson poured NSA accelerant: "The problem with the NSA monitoring is not just Obama's hypocrisy of once decrying elements of the Patriot Act only to embrace them," perorated Hanson, "...nor is the problem that the U.S. does not have a need to monitor the communications of potential terrorists" blah blah blah. The real issue, said Hanson, was that the spying hadn't stopped "the Tsarnaev bombing, [or] Major Hasan's murder spree," and thus "fairly or not" -- ha, that's good, isn't it? -- "there is the impression that a James Rosen of Fox News or the tea-party affiliates were more likely to earn unlawful federal attention than was a possible terrorist... And of course the NSA disclosures do not appear in a vacuum, but amid a multitude of other scandals..."

Eventually Hanson moved from sketchy connections to wishful thinking: "If it turns out that Washington IRS officials were communicating with the Obama administration about inordinate scrutiny of political opponents," hypothesized Hanson, "then the scandal will reach Nixonian proportions." And if skunks had a college, they'd call it P.U. Nonetheless Hanson closed, "paranoia over reelection, in classic Nixon style, is the common key that unlocks much of the mystery surrounding the administration's reckless, unethical, and often unlawful behavior," and as soon as they find that key, boy, they'll have something.

"The 'revelations' of National Security Agency data-mining of phone records and Internet use were no news to those who'd been paying attention," said Michael Walsh at the New York Post. "It's only the rest of the Obama 'scandalanche' that makes it a hackle-raiser." Though the NSA "has been quietly monitoring Americans for years," Walsh admitted, Benghazi AP IRS etc. combine to create "a perfect storm of mistrust," Walsh claimed, "now exacerbated by the fears of the surveillance state that has mushroomed since the panicky post-9/11 'reforms.'"

At tea party outfit FreedomWorks, Jon Gabriel struck a bipartisan note, applauding the "disruptive innovation" that had politicians breaking party ranks over the controversy, but in closing dropped the Kumbaya act: "I am glad that conservatives aren't the only ones upset that Obama's NSA is snooping on Americans while his IRS punishes political enemies." His IRS? Does that mean when Obama leaves office, he gets to take it with him?

The news wasn't all bad for the Fourth Amendment, though, When they learned that the Obama Administration was keeping the FBI from spying on houses of worship, the newly civil-liberties-conscious rightbloggers were relieved... Ha, kidding! Those houses of worship were mosques, so the rightblogger outrage was severe. "We're at war with an ideology," cried Daniel Greenfield at FrontPageMag. "Singling out members of that ideology is the only rational way to fight that war." "Our government has refused to racial profile," wept Exposing Liberal Lies. "Isn't it ironic that President Obama feels a need to snoop into every area of our life, but he refuses to snoop into mosques, the very place where the terrorists reside?" asked Rebecca Brittingham of Liberty News. We bet these folks are in favor of profiling as an urban police procedure, too, and for similar reasons.

One common response to the news, in rightblogs and in comments sections, was that "surveys of American mosques... reveal some 80% of them preach violent jihad or distribute violent literature to worshippers," though none of these cut-and-pastings, alas, linked to an authoritative source that would tell us whether these surveys were taken in the mosques themselves or among aged, embittered white shut-ins.

"The FBI is not monitoring mosques," said Rush Limbaugh. "...the last two, three days I've been saying that I want to find a pathway to the shadows, and Snerdley said, 'Go to a mosque.'" Limbaugh later explained, "This regime is attempting to eliminate all opposition. This regime... looks at its opposition as its enemies, and they're trying to rid the playing field of its enemies." Well, letting Obama's Muslim terrorist pals run wild might accomplish that over time, we guess, though we don't see why he wouldn't just kill us all with nuclear weapons instead. Wouldn't that be quicker?

"Skreeeeeee," said Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs. "Skreeeeeeee."


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MonsieurMaxime
MonsieurMaxime

Who cares that partisan Republicans hate Obama?  Is that news? 

That is no excuse for you to support fascistic spying grids greater than anything one could have expected from the Gestapo, Stasi, or KGB. 

Grow up.

McSalmon
McSalmon

I know this is going to earn me the Black Spot, so here goes. Their is absolutely an argument to be made on the transparency of the NSA in spying on electronic media, and the tendency of any government to overreach it's power. Declaring the Obama is the Worst President Since The Last One, doesn't address the problem - the problem is with the law, not the president. 

This was made legal by Congress, and only Congress can amend or repel the law. The ability to tap into emails and such is a powerful tool for law enforcement to fight crime and terrorists, and an effective one; what needs to be done is to create and enforce barriers to access without cause, and increase transparency to insure that it is being used properly, including punishment for people tapping without oversight. And, this should apply not just to the government, but to the corporations as well. Yelling at the President is futile and, frankly, tiring. The proper target is Congress, and the republicans who pushed this envelope in the first place. 

jason
jason

As with most issues, bagger fuckheads have no credibility here and aren't smearing the NSA due unethical conduct but rather just to bash Obama who is also a major disappointment and should go down in history as the most duplicitous, full of shit President we've ever had. He is establishment through and through and sits in the oval office to give tyrants and corporatists liberal cover. 

HAL2000
HAL2000

I'm scared, Dave.

Daisy....Daisy.......give me your answer do............

I'm..........half....................crazy........................over.................................the.....................................love..............................................of...............................................................you...................................................................................................

glenn
glenn

Go back on your meds, Davej

davej.francis
davej.francis

PANDERING TO ILLEGAL ALIENS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS, WILL BE INSTANTLY REMEMBERED, WHEN IT’S TIME FOR REELECTION.

SEN.GRAHAM! AT LEAST CONSERVATIVES HAVE PRINCIPLES, UNLIKE THIS ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS TRODDEN THE U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW INTO THE MUD.

Without secure enforcement at the southern border fence, the American People will not endorse any form of immigration reform. They have been deviously been promised before by some of the most powerful politicians, going back to 1986. The American People do not trust any political party Government, as we have been lied to so many times. The corruption has spread like a toxic mold through these administrations chambers, from representatives of the special interest lobby that converge on offices, concealed and be aware of “Greeks bearing gifts”.The promised double layer fence stretching 700 miles was condemned to die, by one amendment introduced by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson.This time there must be no mistake that if any kind of immigration reform is to be enacted, the designs of the 2006 Secure Fence must be installed, BEFORE any illegal alien can claim a right to receive legal status.

THOSE TWO FENCES MUST GO UP.

A conceited and insolent civil servant as Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano must have no say in when the first 350 miles of parallel fencing is completed, that will be a token of proof to the nation’s populace? AND that ONLY the full Congress can approve that this project is accomplished? Only when this construction is observed and approved by Congress should any illegal alien. As U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) stated “I know it’s hard to do, but I refuse to accept the idea that the most power country in the world — the country that put a man on the moon — is incapable of securing our border.”We even assisted Israel to build a sturdy barrier in keep out murderous terrorists, who attack them all the time.

Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have said the bill is comparable to the last immigration reform measure in 1986 because it “legalizes first and enforces later.” It was a catastrophe for working Americans who at this current time to some extent are still in competition with 3to 5 million who claimed legal status in 1986. With the inception of the Senate bill S.477 11 million or even considerably more will be plying for work. Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn includes in his immigration overhaul, a biometric entry/exit system to prevent visa overstays that tend to be 45 percent of illegal immigrants. To me it makes absolute sense that anybody who overstays an expired visa, unless there are mitigating circumstances and as with illegal migrants crossing the border, should be prosecuted with a felony. That will dampen anybodies enthusiasm to come here without a visa, but then you must ask yourself why this case isn’t?

 

jwesley.23
jwesley.23

@McSalmon Yes, using "their" instead of "there" does, indeed, earn you that black spot. Out you go.

jwesley.23
jwesley.23

@jason"the most duplicitous, full of shit President we've ever had" Wow, you -are- fresh out of the box, aren't you?

Al__Swearengen
Al__Swearengen

@jason "most duplicitous, full of shit President we've ever had"  You kids, with no memories of Nixon or Reagan...and seemingly none of W. Bush.

I guess Obama gets jack-shit from you on gay rights or the environment.

Fucking one-issue idiots make my ass tired.

jwesley.23
jwesley.23

@davej.francis Every day I ask myself why this case isn't. Biometric visa overstays legalize first and enforce later at this current time to some extent. Congress should any illegal alien. The most power country in the world, Israel, even assisted to build a sturdy barrier on the moon, who attack them all the time.

Al__Swearengen
Al__Swearengen

@davej.francis Who taught Grandpa how to cut-n-paste?   Now he'll clog up all our inboxes with his stupid racist shit!

roy84
roy84 topcommenter

@davej.francis This is definitely the right forum for your work. Keep it up! 

McSalmon
McSalmon

@Al__Swearengen @jason  I agree - he's not overly transparent, and he hasn't managed to do a lot of things I wanted him to do. On the other hand, holy Christ, what sort of deep shit would we be in under a McCain/Palin ticket? Or a Romney/Ryan? My complaint is that he's disappointed me for not being more of a fighter, and kept a lot of Bush policies active. A fair amount of that is out of his control, with a hostile Congress. But I doubt there's anyone who could get a better result than him in these horrible times.

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