To the delight of White House detractors everywhere, a soon-to-be-viral single-topic Tumblr was launched on Saturday mocking President Barack Obama's involvement in the National Security Agency's controversial spying program.
The photo-driven blog, obamaischeckingyouremail.tumblr.com, showcases out-of-context press images of an often gleeful President Obama—taken from Flickr, the web and elsewhere—looking at various computer screens and "checking your email."
On Friday, Obama defended the NSA program on grounds that Americans must tolerate what he dismissed as "modest encroachments on privacy" in the name of security.
Obama assured citizens that "nobody is listening to your phone calls" in the broad NSA phone sweep, and that the reported Internet-based surveillance "does not apply to U.S. citizens and it does not apply to people living in the United States."
"You can't have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience," the president added. "We're going to have to make some choices as a society."
In an interview published Sunday, Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old defense contractor employee who blew the whistle on the NSA program, told the Guardian newspaper that "the NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife's phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.
"I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things," he continued. "I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under."
Monday, June 10, 2013
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