Phillips: Obama administration’s use of data mined information

What is the question no one is asking about the NSA spying scandal? Photo: AP Photo

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2013 — If George Orwell were still alive he might be amused that his novel 1984 remains a best seller more than 60 years after it was published. He would also be horrified that if anything, he underestimated the breadth and capability of a “Big Brother” government.

Obama’s “Big Brother” government is not only watching, but also reading, listening and storing. 

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Thanks to technology, privacy is almost extinct. We now have corporations that, with their data mining operations, often know more about you than you know about yourself.

The Barack Obama campaign took data mining to a new level.  According to numerous post election reports, campaign staffers had so much data they could drill down to the level of individual voters and determine whether they had voted, who they were most likely to vote for and whether they were Obama supporters. They could determine who had not voted, as well as determine who among their friends could encourage them to go out and vote.

Before the election, Mother Jones did a report on how the Obama Campaign was collecting data. It reported they started with basic data that are publicly available, such as voter information from the county government, adding any information the party had about the voter, such as participation in party events. Then it added contribution data from the Federal Election Commission.

There is nothing particularly suspicious about that. 

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But then it went further. The Obama Campaign bought consumer data, then mined social media for even more data.

When the Obama Campaign brought in some of the top people from Silicon Valley to help it with its data mining, it had an information juggernaut that the Romney Campaign could not even fathom, much less keep up with.

The Obama Campaign was obsessed with data and the ability to use them. The Obama Administration showed absolutely no hesitation in using the power of big government against its opponents. The IRS scandal is the textbook example of the willingness to use big government to harass political opponents.

Bloomberg has reported that intelligence agencies of the United States shared classified data with corporations that cooperated with the government. Bloomberg mentions Microsoft in particular as one company that provided the government with high levels of cooperation.

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As the government was exchanging information with companies of all types, the obvious question must be asked: Given the Obama Administration’s proclivity for using government resources and power to advance the Obama campaign and to harass its political opponents, and given the Obama campaign’s thirst for data, did the Obama Administration share data collected by intelligence agencies with the Obama campaign? 

Did the Obama administration share data with the Democrat Party or its election apparatus?  Did it share data with any of the left wing groups such as Organizing for (Obama’s) America?

In the law, there are two types of evidence, direct and circumstantial.  Direct evidence directly proves an issue.  Circumstantial evidence is a series of facts that ultimately lead to a conclusion.

Right now there is no known direct evidence that the Obama administration shared intelligence data with the Obama Campaign. Perhaps that is because no one has dared to ask that question.

There is at least circumstantial evidence of wrong doing by the administration.  With the other abuses of the Obama administration, and we need to ask if it is a big leap to consider the Obama administration would share sensitive data with the Obama Reelection Campaign.

Given the history of the Obama administration and its willingness to use the powers of government to advance its agenda, including the IRS taking direct actions against political opponents, this is one question that needs to be not only asked, but also answered.

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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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