HOT BLAST: Obama's 'Clintonian equivocations'
Aug 14, 2013
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President Barack Obama answers questions during his news conference in the East Room of the White House Friday. The president said he'll work with Congress to change the oversight of some of the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance programs and name a new panel of outside experts to review technologies. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The New Republic's Jeffrey Rosen examines
President Barack Obama's claims on his administration's counter-terrorism spying policies. Obama has said “there is no spying on Americans” and “we don’t have a domestic spying program."
Rosen finds "flimsiness" in Obama administration responses:
The administration feels it can’t reveal the details about its surveillance program, so it uses funny language and then gets caught "lying," creating an atmosphere of dishonesty and distrust. Obama’s Clintonian equivocations have made this the administration of what James Clapper called the “least untruthful answer,” and that seems troubling.