A Canadian 9gag poster proposed this:
Some people in the State Department and Obama administration must be shitting themselves after this latest revelation:
The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its “customer” departments, such the White House, State and the Pentagon, to share their “Rolodexes” so the agency can add the phone numbers of leading foreign politicians to their surveillance systems.
The document notes that one unnamed US official handed over 200 numbers, including those of the 35 world leaders, none of whom is named. These were immediately “tasked” for monitoring by the NSA.
The revelation is set to add to mounting diplomatic tensions between the US and its allies, after the German chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday accused the US of tapping her mobile phone.
After Merkel’s allegations became public, White House press secretary Jay Carney issued a statement that said the US “is not monitoring and will not monitor” the German chancellor’s communications. But that failed to quell the row, as officials in Berlin quickly pointed out that the US did not deny monitoring the phone in the past.
The NSA memo obtained by the Guardian suggests that such surveillance was not isolated, as the agency routinely monitors the phone numbers of world leaders – and even asks for the assistance of other US officials to do so.
Only the Obama administration could make an entire continent full of progressive sycophants hate him after unnecessarily stabbing them in the back. Yeah, I’m sure there are plenty of good reasons for spying on the leaders of dozens of European countries, none of whom are our enemies (nor would it matter much if they were), but for the life of me I just don’t see it. Spying on Russia? Sure, why not. China? Hell yes, they practically make their living hacking our nation’s databases and stealing military and company secrets. Europe? Is it to prevent them from starting a yet another world war? Because I seriously doubt they could muster the collective willpower to do that.
And oddly enough, it might even be good for them this time around. Conflict seems to be what Europeans need to find a reason to live. And not just any old conflict, but conflict that involves killing lots of other Europeans.
Now, ordinarily I would be all for America spying on other nations, but those nations would be our enemies. Britain, Spain, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, and dozens of others are our allies. Is the objective to piss them off so much that the United States is politically isolated from the rest of the world, that we have no allies whatsoever? Obama spent much of his first term doing his level best to make the English hate us, I suppose all that’s left is…the rest of the continent. We have an an evil, stupid, and incompetent government that’s got the greatest surveillance network ever devised under it’s control. The only good thing about this international debacle is that Europe, Africa, and most of Asia are overrun with those types of governments.
Except for Russia.
So says a former Obama administration official. But that’s not all:
Former Obama administration official Melody Barnes says Americans opposed to Obamacare and big government should “back off” from their criticism — because without effective government, people can die.
Barnes, who was Obama’s assistant and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council until January 2012, was appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday. Speaking about Obamacare, Barnes said it’s “to everyone’s benefit that people back off of what was the Reagan administration legacy that government is bad, government workers are bad, and think about how we’re going to make this work.”
She added that disasters such as Hurricane Katrina prove that “if we don’t have an effective federal government, people get hurt. In fact people can die.”
Host Joe Scarborough pushed back.
“Why would I back off if I think health care policy is bad for the country in the the long run?” he asked. “The federal government is not competent enough to run it, and the launch has been terrible. (The Huffington Post’s) Sam Stein asks the question, ‘Are Republicans going to do their best to help this implementation?’ No, I don’t think they are. And I don’t think it means they’re unpatriotic if they don’t.
Got that, rubes? Without Big Brother and his unthinking legions of order-following, body-armor-wearing, trigger-happy troglodytes, people can die. Without the massive multi-trillion dollar, debt-financed bureaucracy, people can die. Without a neverending war over in the world’s sandbox, people can di–oh, wait. You see where this is going? This government-worshiping dunce imagines only an omnipresent, omnipotent State can prevent us from ever coming to harm. No, she didn’t say those words, but that is the implication. An “effective government” is a deliberately open-term, but it translates over easily into the more nuanced “Nanny state” that your average anti-Obamacare American understands very well.
Fact of the matter is…Obamacare is absolutely, positively, no-two-ways-about it horrendous. It always was going to be. That is its destiny. If you’ve ever been to the VA, you would understand that when government gets involved in medicine and treatment, it causes a mind-boggling number of problems, an galactic-scale avalanche of red-tape, an incalculable amount of wasted time, and petty, pointless frustrations by the intellectually deficient classes manning the bureaucracy along the way. America didn’t want this, it never did, but Congress saw fit to ramrod it down the public’s throat anyway.
“What’s that? You don’t want that? Sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of how corrupt I am!”