"What I did not do is stop these programs wholesale, not only because I felt that they made us more secure, but also because nothing in that initial review and nothing that I have learned since indicated that our intelligence community has sought to violate the law or is cavalier about the civil liberties of their fellow citizens."
I've wondered whether the reason he hasn't done what we consider the right thing on this front is that he has seen some very scary shit in his security briefings.
Really, all they have to have is dirt of any significant Democrats, and they can play one party against the other.
stargell: “Since I've always felt sympatico with Obama—we're about the same age, with school connections, and he even likes Harold's—I've wondered whether the reason he hasn't done what we consider the right thing on this front is that he has seen some very scary shit in his security briefings. But I'm having a harder and harder time convincing myself of that, and either way it's not reassuring.”
In the process, [US government] information has been folded into a “Threat Matrix,” an itemized catalogue of all the “threats” — or more accurately “leads” — needing to be followed up. As Garrett Graff explains, the government pursues “upwards of 5,000 threats per day.”..
… living with the Threat Matrix seems to take a psychological toll on its daily readers. As Graff vividly describes the process, the Threat Matrix comes off as “a catalogue of horrors,” as the “daily looming prognoses of Armageddon,” and as “a seeming tidal wave of Islamic extremist anger that threatened to unhinge American society,” and it could become “all-consuming and paralyzing” — as one reader puts it, “Your mind comes to be dominated by the horrific consequences of low-probability events.”
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