Now some of you here know that I am not shy about criticizin’ our President, right? And that I have been pretty dubious about many of the statements both he and James Clapper have made about ‘not spyin’ on Americans’. But holy hell, I now must admit that all along I’d been failin’ to apply Occam’s Razor to the sitchi-ation having gotten too caught up in alleged PRISM slides, adorably named programs like EVIL OLIVE Oyl, Running with SCISSORS, and the ‘coming soon to a Utah Data Center Near You’ MOONLIGHT PATH, etc.
So ignorant am I about even the language of technology, that I got caught up in the drama of learning more than the average sixth-grader, instead of quieting my mind (Oooommmmm) to suss out the simplest explanations of Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, including the recent revelations that the NSA had been spying on EU backbones, systems, Embassies, and what have you. As it turns out, our Constitutional Scholar of a President had just helped me see that sometimes logic needs to be succinct, and that the simplest answer is often the correct one.
To wit: who can argue with the simplicity and truth of this logic? After doing the ho-hum equivalent of ‘Yeah, yeah; that’s how intelligence services operate’, and that ‘once all his peeps review the gripes and allegations made by folks in Europe, he’ll give them all the info they want and set their minds at rest, (‘n save the EU trade deal, he’s thinkin’; you can see his mind whirrin’ $$$s like a fine clock wheel), etc., he says:
“…and…if I wanna know what Chancellor Merkel is thinkin’, I will call Chancellor Merkel (et.al.)…so ultimately, we work so closely together with each other, there’s almost no information that’s not shared uhhhh…between our various countries’.
And there ya have it, baby: Occam’s Razor: he just picks up the phone! No muss, no fuss, no spyin’, no lyin’; no conspiracies, just kinetic doin’s: he picks up the phone and lets his fingers do the walkin’ and dialin’. Jayzus, the man is seriously clever.
No news back on his soothing-troubled-waters yet that I’ve heard, but my guess is that Hollande and Merkel will see it Occam’s Way, wouldn’t you? And the way the man’s hands were flippin’ around like worried fish on the podium told us another thing, Obama Critics: he didn’t have his fingers crossed behind his back.
Additionally, and Lord Luv a Duck; the way folks have been accusing poor James Clapper about lyin’ to Congress about the issue back in March: he has now convinced me that he was.not.lying. Some stuff I read recently explained his position; here’s the wider, least untruthful history of the thing:
According to the Washington Post (my bold):
Acknowledging the “heated controversy” over his remark, Clapper sent a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 21 saying that he had misunderstood the question he had been asked.
“I have thought long and hard to re-create what went through my mind at the time,” Clapper said in the previously undisclosed letter. “My response was clearly erroneous — for which I apologize.” [snip]Clapper said he thought Wyden was referring to NSA surveillance of e-mail traffic involving overseas targets, not the separate program in which the agency is authorized to collect records of Americans’ phone calls that include the numbers and duration of calls but not individuals’ names or the contents of their calls.Referring to his appearances before Congress over several decades, Clapper concluded by saying that “mistakes will happen, and when I make one, I correct it.”
Heh, heh: the Guardian even has Ron Wyden sayin’ that Clapper had told him right after the hearing that he’d been wrong when he’d answered the ‘did the NSA collect data on millions of Americans’ question. ‘Oops’, he’d been big enough to admit. Some folks say he was just all shook up by the pressures of public speaking, which makes sense since he mostly does a lot of private listening.
In the same piece, while lamenting before an audience last week that ‘so much of the information that was being being spilled was wrong, Robert Litt, general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence then called on Mark Twain for an aphorism that would prove his point:
“A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.”
Obama Detractors, take note: Litt definitely did not tweak Twain by saying ‘before the truth gets its jackboots on’; that would have been a tell the Counselor avoided, huh? See?
And all that was well before Susan Rice
strumpeted trumpeted the fact that Obama had NOT been weakened by the puny Edward Snowden; it ain’t like he’s getting’ out the 101st Airborne or a freakin’ drone to stalk him… so suck it.
I wish I could find the link, but some Obama-hating fuquetards are spreadin’ rumors that this Dylan cover is talkin’ about Our President. That’s.a.big.fat.lie. He delivered far more than he ever promised: some of you just don’t happen to like it is all. Sign up for your Obamacare now; time’s a-wastin’. And call Verizon today: tell ‘em that you’re interested in their ‘Share Everything’ plan. Tell ’em O and wendydavis sent ya.
(video h/t mafr)