The great, lidless eye of Washington: Obama's NSA

That's not Sauron watching you. It's Barack Obama and the National Security Agency. Photo: The Lord of the Rings/New Line Cinema

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2013  — George Orwell, Tolkien and the movies had it wrong. Big Brother isn’t dystopian make-believe. The great, lidless, all-seeing eye of Sauron isn’t a nightmare fantasy; it belongs to Barack Obama and the National Security Agency.

We are learning more every day about Obama and his national security apparatus. According to a leaked document, every phone record from Verizon has been collected for years, and the odds are good that the other phone companies were required to provide their records as well. We have learned that through a project called PRISM, the NSA has been able to snoop on virtually every email, chat, Skype call and text message made in America. 

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The left is telling us not to overreact to the NSA’s massive encroachment into the privacy of almost every American. Barack Obama calls this massively expanded data surveillance program a “modest encroachment” into freedom. Many Americans are asking, “Can any secret encroachment into a free people’s liberty be only ‘modest?’”

There is one terrifying question about Obama’s data seizure program that must be answered: If we have no external enemies are on the ropes, if America’s enemies really are external, then why must the NSA and the Department of Justice collect nearly every record of every phone call made by every American, and every byte of data generated by Americans on the Internet?

Barack Obama’s actions suggest that he does not believe in the war on terror. He apparently does not believe that Islam, radical or otherwise, is a threat to America. He has been feckless in his use of American military power against Islamic terror, seemingly motivated more by politics than national security interests. He has refused to act decisively to defeat our enemies, leading us to wonder whether he wants to defeat our enemies.

But he does seem supportive of vast intelligence operations that mine data generated by ordinary Americans. Does this extend to our representatives? Senator Mark Kirk asked Attorney General Eric Holder whether the NSA spied on Congress. Holder gave a Bill Clintonesque response, saying there was “no intention” to spy on Congress.  

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It may be worth asking Holder what the definition of “is” is, then ask him what he means by “no intention” and “spy.” The administration has yet to admit that collecting information on the electronic trails we leave behind in almost every communication and transaction we make is in any way “spying.”

Americans across the political spectrum are asking, what do the Department of Justice and the NSA want to do with all of that data? We have seen with the IRS scandal that the Obama Administration is quite willing to use the power of government against those who disagree with it, and to leak information about them to their political enemies. It’s one thing to leak lists of donors and tax data; what if the NSA were to leak your entire Internet browsing history to people who want to destroy you? Your life is literally an open book to the NSA and the DOJ. The Obama Administration has given us reason to believe that it would be willing to loan that book to its friends.

It is no longer a deluded fantasy of the right-wing fringe to claim that the Obama Administration uses the power of government against its political enemies. Private individuals and political groups have been subjected to massive IRS audits in the wake of publically supporting conservative causes. Katherine Engelbrecht, the founder of True the Vote, found herself, her family and her businesses under audit and investigation by every federal agency with jurisdiction over them.

There is an old saying that goes, “You aren’t really paranoid if they are really out to get you.” The left loves to accuse conservatives and the tea party movement of being paranoid about the Obama Administration. Since they have already come after conservatives, asking questions about anything the administration is doing is not paranoia.  

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On Friday, Rush Limbaugh said we are in the middle of a coup.

When he was running for president, Barack Obama promised to fundamentally transform America. He is doing just that, systematically eliminating the freedoms and liberties that are the birthright of Americans.

The lidless eye is staring at you. Big Brother is watching, and his name is Barack Obama.

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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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