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[liberationtech] Bush-Era Whistleblower Claims NSA Ordered Wiretap Of Barack Obama In 2004

Warigia Bowman warigia at
Sat Jun 22 00:40:19 PDT 2013

Snowden Rocks. The guy is extremely brave. We have to make sure he is not

On Sat, Jun 22, 2013 at 5:30 AM, Mike Perry <mikeperry at>wrote:

> phryk:
> > I have to admit, I find that rather amusing. I wonder if this is
> > actually true and if it might change Obamas opinion on the surveillance
> > machine. And if it does, how will he try to hide the obvious hypocrisy?
> I used to think there was a possibility that surveillance would capture
> our politicians through blackmail/etc. After seeing more and more of
> these releases, I am becoming convinced that this *already happened*.
> If they didn't capture Obama in this 2004 operation, capturing him later
> wouldn't be terribly difficult. NSA: "You're the first black US
> President, and you want to *dismantle* the domestic surveillance
> operation that might prevent an assassination attempt on you or your
> family by some moron redneck lunatic? Sure would be a shame if something
> were to happen to you after that..."
> I sure can understand his hesitance in the face of such a threat. I
> don't envy him, that's for sure :/.
> > Actually I have to say that I'm beginning to see the whole phenomenon
> > developing around Snowdens leaks with a good dose of gallows humor.
> >
> > It's kind of slapstick-y that every time someone of the US government
> > tries to justify all the surveillance, there seem to be three new
> > stories popping up that elaborate on all the stuff they actually do;
> > some of which even directly contradicts what those apologists claim.
> I have noticed this pattern too. I think Snowden and his handlers at the
> Guardian have a far more sophisticated PR and release timing strategy
> than anyone has given them credit for (I'm referring to various
> rumblings about their release of material at the end of the week,
> questioning the value of the release of intel on US hacking, etc).
> If there is to be a journalistic award for this work, it should not be
> for any one story. The whole arc is magnificently directed.
> --
> Mike Perry
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Dr. Warigia Bowman
Assistant Professor
Clinton School of Public Service
University of Arkansas
wbowman at
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