Today’s paragraphs come to us from USA Today’s Glenn Reynolds, who is one of the very few mainstream media people talking about a huge Obama administration scandal – one which probably should put people in jail.
In 1972, some employees of President Nixon’s re-election committee were caught when they broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters to plant a bug. This led to Nixon’s resignation and probably would have led to his felony prosecution had he not been pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford.
But if a single bugging of the political opposition is enough to bring down a presidency — and maybe lead to an unprecedented criminal prosecution of a former president — then what are we to make of the recently unveiled Obama administration program of massively spying on political opponents in violation of clearly established law?
Because that’s what was unveiled last week.
When the FBI wants to wiretap a domestic suspect, it goes to court for a warrant. But when listening in on foreigners, the National Security Agency hoovers up a vast amount of stuff in bulk: Conversations between foreigners, conversations between Americans and foreigners, conversations between Americans who mention foreigners, and sometimes just plain old conversations between Americans.
There are supposed to be strict safeguards on who can access the information, on how it can be used and on protecting American citizens’ privacy — because the NSA is forbidden by law from engaging in domestic spying. These safeguards were ignored wholesale under the Obama administration, and to many Republicans, it is no coincidence that intelligence leaks damaged Democrats’ political opponents in the 2016 election.
The article goes on to quote a piece from circa.com’s John Solomon and Sara Carter, which I blogged about on Sunday. It cites recently declassified documents which, we are told, show “more than 5%, or one out of every 20, searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards President Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011”
So tell me: where are mainstream media on this huge – and I do mean HUGE – scandal?
The answer? Elsewhere. Because you’d be hard pressed to find it anywhere but here.
I award Glenn Reynolds Paragraphs Of The Day honors for doing nothing other than reporting what should be lead-story, front-page material for every news venue in the country…
…and, by so doing, showing us, again, how far from neutrality they truly are.