Is Barack Obama using the George Zimmerman acquittal as a smokescreen for the NSA scandal yet again?
If you are a regular reader of The Political Commentator you will likely remember an article from July 14th titled 'Obama, race, scandal, DOJ and the Zimmerman smokescreen!'
In it I opined the following:
My personal opinion goes to the theory of a ploy by the White House to use the DOJ in an attempt to to keep all of the scandals and world crises that have taken a back burner to a localized murder case squarely on the back burner?
When was the last time the cover-up of the Benghazi murders was discussed? The Syria civil war? The coup in Egypt? The IRS and NSA scandals? The actual situation surrounding the economy and jobs in the U.S.? Securing our border with Mexico to keep Mexican citizens, Mexican drug cartel members, OTM's and potential terrorists from having free access to our country?
Bottom line? It's just another attempt by the Obama administration at a Flim Flam Florio!
That was then and this is now a mere 5 days later which I suppose is like an eternity when it comes to the political gamesmanship of the Obama administration.
Today the President issued more divisive rhetoric concerning the state of race relations in the United States. Rather than being a healer he is instead trying to drive a wedge between various groups of Americans.
From the White House Briefing Room Obama said the following:
"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," Obama said during a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room...
...Obama said that he had been subjected to racial profiling while growing up — and that most black men have.
"There are very few African-American men who haven't had the experience of being followed in a department store — that includes me," Obama said.
He noted that a perception in the black community surrounding the Martin tragedy is that "if a white male teen was involved in the same scenario, top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different."
African Americans view the case through "a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away," he said.
Obama also said that before he was elected to office, he had witnessed drivers locking their doors and women clutching their purses when he walked by..." (Source)
What, you may ask, was the purpose of these statements? Was there an ulterior motive? Is another administration issue or scandal about to get hot? Is the hope that these statements coupled with the 100 or so marches planned for this weekend might keep negative news or controversy off the evening news and the front pages of newspapers?
Couple this impromptu press conference with this story that I was alerted to and it might make a suspicious mind sit-up and say hmmmmm.
And, unfortunately, there isn't anything that we can put past the Obama administration!
This snippet comes from the Daily Kos which will hopefully preclude those who are predisposed to do so from claiming this is all part of some vast right-wing conspiracy. And, if it is true (to my knowledge it has not been verified), it would certainly be an incredible story!
In a stunning development, Deputy Director of the NSA, John Inglis, along with Assistant Attorney General, James Cole, have fled the United States after their participation in acontentious congressional meeting on Capitol Hill.
In that meeting, both Inglis and Cole revealed that the depth of NSA spying far surpassed anything that whistleblower Edward Snowden has made public to date. The unauthorized leaks to Congress by Inglis and Cole, which exposed more about NSA spying than anything Snowden has revealed, shook congressional leaders to their core.
The National Security Agency revealed to an angry congressional panel on Wednesday that its analysis of phone records and online behavior goes exponentially beyond what it had previously disclosed.The Obama administration, blindsided by the leaks, immediately announced that the two would be charged under The Espionage Act, and declared them enemies of the state... (Source)
[...]John C Inglis, the deputy director of the surveillance agency, told a member of the House judiciary committee that NSA analysts can perform "a second or third hop query" through its collections of telephone data and internet records in order to find connections to terrorist organizations."Hops" refers to a technical term indicating connections between people. A three-hop query means that the NSA can look at data not only from a suspected terrorist, but from everyone that suspect communicated with, and then from everyone those people communicated with, and then from everyone all of those people communicated with.
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