You dont trust President Barack Obama?
No faith in the massive federal bureaucracy? Dont hold a huge reservoir of confidence in Congress representing your interests? How much do you trust the federal courts that handle secret requests from the Department of Justice . . .and then issue secret decisions based on the judges secret interpretation of the law?
Be advised: President Obama finds your lack of faith disturbing.
If people cant trust not only the executive branch, but also dont trust Congress and dont trust federal judges to make sure were abiding by the Constitution, due process, and rule of law, Mr. Obama told reporters, then were going to have some problems here.
Lets put partisanship aside and agree with his conclusion. Indeed, there are problems galore; the morning paper reads like a dystopian novel.
Uncle Sam — or Big Brother (it is increasingly difficult to tell them apart) — is snatching a record of every phone call you make, including to whom you are calling, from where you call, and how long you talk. And, but for a leak of classified information, we wouldnt be worrying our pretty little heads about it.
Still, no one is listening to your telephone calls the POTUS reassures, as if the Feds knowing every phone call you make, when, where and to whom, isnt a serious enough violation of your privacy. Of course, if the FBI or NSA or CIA are listening to the content of calls, its surely classified and you wont be told.
But trust him.
Or trust that good ol Congress! I think at the outset, explained the president, its important to understand that your duly elected representatives have been consistently informed on exactly what were doing.
Considering congressional approval ratings, that point strikes me as less than assuring.
Its nonsensical, too. The few members of the House and Senate intelligence committees who receive classified briefings (the entire Congress is not informed) are sworn to secrecy. Even if they disagree with whats happening, their hands are tied. They cant do very much about it.
Moreover, the few congressmen informed only know what they are told. Thats hardly oversight.