"Nobody is listening to the content of people's phone calls," President Obama said Friday as he sought to allay concern arising from news reports over the previous two days of massive data gathering of citizens' telephone records, e-mail messages, and other private communications by the National Security Agency.
The NSA and FBI are "tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person's movements and contacts over time " the Washington Post reported Thursday evening.
In what President Obama has called "the most transparent administration in history," a secret order from a secret court, authorizing the secret collection of untold millions of Americans' phone records, was defended Thursday by a White House official speaking anonymously.
The Constitution requires that Congress decide whether and when we will go to war, yet Congress chooses instead to "authorize" and expand power for the president to decide.
Remember those assurances that the Iraq War would pay for itself, once those oil revenues began gushing forth from a liberated Iraq? Well, a decade later the Iraq War is paying off, after all —for China.
James B. Comey, the man reported to be President Obama's choice to succeed Robert Mueller as director of the FBI, vigorously supported the decision to imprison José Padilla indefinitely as an "enemy combatant."
Representatives of several major news organizations went behind closed doors Thursday in an off-the-record discussion with Attorney General Eric Holder on the rules governing Department of Justice searches of news media telephone records and e-mail in investigations of news leaks.
John McCain has put "boots on the ground" in Syria after all — his own.
The senior senator from Arizona and ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee made the unannounced visit Monday to Syria, crossing the border from Turkey, accompanied by Gen. Salim Idris, leader of the rebel Free Syrian Army.
A number of Republicans spent part of the Memorial Day weekend roundly criticizing the plan announced by President Obama last week to limit the scope and eventually end the war on terror.