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The NSA Surveillance

Thursday, June 6, 2013  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

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Count me among the non-outraged –at least with what we know so far. People serious about the war on terror have to be relieved, not outraged that the federal government is doing basic data collection.  People who aren’t serious about the threat, well, they will be predictably shocked that the threat is being taken seriously.

The New York Times had to melt down, of course, though it has yielded a very funny editorial best read with Obamacare and its authorities in mind.  (“The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it.”) The pro-Obamian front has been decisively breached, and the White House must be wondering if they have lost the New York Times….

Mark Steyn correctly noted that what makes this story troubling is the context in which it occurs (the full transcript of my chat with Mark will be posted here shortly.) An unaccountable, out-of-control IRS and a deceptive “not something I have been involved with” Attorney General with the full backing of the president gives everyone pause across the political spectrum.  Perhaps now the kept media in the Manhattan-Beltway media elite will start paying attention to other abuse-of-power stories at places like the EPA and HHS. The NSA story–legit as the collections may have been– is another shock to the Obamians in the MSM, andit becomes harder for them every day to pretend that they didn’t give a huge assist to a president who makes George W. Bush a model of candor and transparency

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