[Rushtalk] New York Times editorial board says administration has 'lost all credibility

Carl Spitzer Winblows at lavabit.com
Fri Jun 21 11:16:33 MDT 2013

Amazing their shills are no longer willing to take a dive for the cause.

New York Times editorial board says administration has 'lost all

Published June 06, 2013


        The New York Times building is shown in New York. (AP)
The New York Times editorial board, which twice endorsed President Obama
and has championed many planks of his agenda, on Thursday turned on the
president over the government's mass collection of phone data -- saying
the administration has "lost all credibility." 

The grey lady's editorial section lately has shown frustration with the
administration's civil liberties record. It has criticized the
escalation of the lethal drone program, and it lashed out after the
Justice Department acknowledged seizing reporters' phone records last

The report that the National Security Agency has been collecting phone
records from millions of Verizon subscribers appeared to be the last

An editorial published late Thursday said the administration was using
the "same platitude" it uses in every case of overreach -- that
"terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us." 

The editorial continued: "Those reassurances have never been persuasive
-- whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency's phone records
or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism --
especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and
accountability. The administration has now lost all credibility." 

The editorial board claimed Obama "is proving the truism that the
executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it." 

The language was a far cry from the Times' Oct. 23, 2008, endorsement of
then-candidate Obama. At the time, the Times praised Obama's "cool head
and sound judgment," and said he was "putting real flesh on his early
promises of hope and change." 

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voiced concern on Thursday about
the records collection effort. It was first reported by The Guardian
newspaper, which obtained a copy of a secret court order allowing the
government to collect phone call information - though not monitor the
calls themselves -- directly from Verizon. Civil liberties-conscious
lawmakers like Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,
cried foul, as did the American Civil Liberties Union. 

Lawmakers in the loop on the program tried to assuage concerns, however.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., who
lead the Senate intelligence committee, defended the program as
necessary to keep the country safe. 

White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest also said there is
"extensive oversight" on such activity. 

"The order reprinted overnight does not allow the government to listen
in on anyone's telephone calls. The information acquired does not
include the content of any communications or the name of any subscriber.
It relates exclusively to call details, such as a telephone number or
the length of a telephone call," he said. 

The Times editorial described this explanation as "lame" -- "as though
there would be the slightest difficulty in matching numbers to names." 

"Essentially, the administration is saying that without any individual
suspicion of wrongdoing, the government is allowed to know who Americans
are calling every time they make a phone call, for how long they talk
and from where," the Times editorial board wrote. 

The Times editorial board has long opposed The Patriot Act, which was
the legal basis for the records collection, and reiterated that
opposition in light of the latest revelations. 

But the law's author, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said Thursday that
this application of the law was "never the intent."

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