Yeah, right! Obama defends his ‘transparent’ administration

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On radio this morning, Glenn played part of President Obama’s interview with Charlie Rose in which he defends his “transparent” administration and the intelligence gathering tactics of the NSA.

“Let me go to something you are going to see on Charlie Rose today, assuming anybody ever watches Charlie Rose,” Glenn said. “The president is going to be on, and the president wants to talk about wire tapping and the NSA and put it in perspective.”

ROSE: So I hear you saying, ‘I have no problem with what NSA has been doing.’

OBAMA: Well, let me — let me finish, because I don’t. So, what happens is that the FBI — if, in fact, it now wants to get content; if, in fact, it wants to start tapping that phone — it’s got to go to the FISA court with probable cause and ask for a warrant.

ROSE: But has FISA court turned down any request?

OBAMA: The — because — the — first of all, Charlie, the number of requests are surprisingly small… number one. Number two, folks don’t go with a query unless they’ve got a pretty good suspicion.

ROSE: Should this be transparent in some way?

OBAMA: It is transparent. That’s why we set up the FISA court…. The whole point of my concern, before I was president — because some people say, ‘Well, you know, Obama was this raving liberal before. Now he’s, you know, Dick Cheney.’ Dick Cheney sometimes says, ‘Yeah, you know? He took it all lock, stock, and barrel.’ My concern has always been not that we shouldn’t do intelligence gathering to prevent terrorism, but rather are we setting up a system of checks and balances? So, on this telephone program, you’ve got a federal court with independent federal judges overseeing the entire program. And you’ve got Congress overseeing the program, not just the intelligence committee and not just the judiciary committee — but all of Congress had available to it before the last reauthorization exactly how this program works.

Yes, President Obama made it through those answers with a straight face.

“You didn’t set up the FISA court,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “He is the establishment, gang. For all you hoping things will change, he’s taking credit for the FISA court, which he was against the FISA court.”

The hypocrisy from this president and his administration is nothing short of remarkable. He says he wants to have an open dialogue, and yet there was no attempts to make Americans aware of the scope of the government surveillance tactics until they were caught red handed.

“The American people would be stunned they knew the amount of surveillance we are doing,” Stu said.

“I’ll tell you this,” Glenn said. “We have given information willingly to the government. They never even asked.”

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    There is no transparency, unless one takes the ‘transparent’ as a metaphor and the given insanity of Obama: He knows what is going on, hence, it is, in his insane mind, transparent.

    Remember, to Obama, only Obama matters.

  • landofaahs

    Transparent?  Start by releasing all college records and unseal any documents about who you really are Obama.  Talk is cheap even though your numerous vacations are not.

  • landofaahs

    America has it’s collective head up it’s rear and when the whole house of economic cards comes crashing down and they pull their head out, they are going to be devastated at what their inaction has wrought.  My message to them then will be turn on your sports, Honey booboo and all the other diversion garbage and deal  with it.

  • landofaahs

    As transparent as mud.

  • landofaahs

    Not even Superman could see through that fog.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXuNPBko3Q Sam Fisher

    Obama’s administration is as transparent as a brick wall. 

  • landofaahs

    Superman could not see through that thick wall of deception.

  • landofaahs

    Only in the mind of a liberal like Obama does a FISA court operates in transparency.  It is secret.  How does a liberal equate secrecy with transparency.  Only a double tongued liar like Obama could make an inane statement like that and expect anyone but dumb democrats to buy that one.  

  • Anonymous

    If he’s so transparent, I want to see his real birth certificate and I want to see real college transcripts. I’ve already seen the real Obama and I don’t like what I see!!

  • Anonymous

    To repurpose a line from an old ‘Cheers’ episode:  “Hello in there, Mr. President.  Tell me, what color is the sky in your world?”

  • Anonymous

    Are telling the truth and straightforwardness his Kryptonite?

  • Anonymous

    Congress had access to all his info. It was in the Easter eggs at the White House Easter egg hunt. Oh yeah, they canceled that in favor of Mrs. fresh and easy, Queen “O” herself. Tranparent as the SUN!!! Keep looking we almost have your eyes carterized.

  • Anonymous

    Why on earth hasn’t ANYBODY started the process of impeachment against this lunatic is beyond belief! He never answers a legitimate question just like he lied about his documents, sealed them from sight. And the American idiots are still all for him?

  • Anonymous

    Another Obama LIE !

  • not a fool

    Remember the open mic? With more flexibilities, (I) can do more
    (damage).

  • not a fool

     Like a cloven tongued snake?

  • not a fool

    Everything Obama says we are negatively he is;
    everything Obama says we are positively he’s not.

  • Anonymous

    And just what did he say?

  • Anonymous

    If Obama lies any more his ears are going to hang to the floor.  Usually your nose would grow if you lied, but his ears just get bigger.  He is a liar!!!

  • Herbert Shallcross

    The FISA court predates the Obama administration, and there is good reason to think it is entirely inadequate. Seventy some FISA court warrants have been discovered to have been issued on the basis of fraudulent information, but no agent or official has been reprimanded, let alone criminally charged. The FISA court is a rubber stamp. 

  • greywolfrs

    I’ll tell you, because Harry Balls would never bring it to a vote in the Senate, just like all the other bills, the House passed, that are sitting on his desk…

  • greywolfrs

    Yeah, just like Rand Paul having to filibuster to get a straight answer about drones being used on US soil…

  • Anonymous

    transparent right ,
    thats why it took an whisle blower to inform us that the NSA is collecting all our calls and internet activities,
    thats why we know anything and all about Benghazi etc etc

    come to think of the NSA thing,they track and keep record on all our calls etc, BUT for some reason they can not find those 11 – 20 million illegals in the country ??? that makes sence (not)