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Another day another scandal -- Obama White House -- it is the latest power grab by the administration and it has to do with your personal phone records now according to the guardian newspaper.
The federal government under a secret court order has been gathering the phone records of millions of Verizon customers.
Requiring the company to hand over to the National Security Agency information on telephone calls in its system but.
And typical fashion the president's allies ran out immediately to -- to his defense.
And that included the chair woman of the senate finance and Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein.
As she said quote this renewal is carried out by the Pfizer court under the business record section of the Patriot Act therefore it is lawful it has been briefed to congress but.
Unfortunately for senator Feinstein many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle -- her claim and even a left leaning New York Times they are starting to distance themselves from the administration.
Now the editorial board of the times posted an article about the latest scandal they wrote quote.
The administration has now lost all credibility and then and a shocking twist and a bit of a reversal.
Hours later the paper of record they seem to backtrack a bit of their critique of the administration they updated the editorial to read quote.
The administration is now -- long lost all credibility and then they added on this issue.
Pretty unbelievable that's not all also breaking tonight Fox News has confirmed that the NSA and the FBI since 2007.
Have been tapping into various Internet companies and the Washington Post -- first broke this story just hours ago and according to the report.
This includes pictures videos and even emails.
And we continue with former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich.
Before I ask you that your thoughts on this I want you to answer what you think about it through the prism.
Of then candidate Obama in 2000 side.
When I'm president one of the first things I'm gonna do is call in my attorney general.
Can -- to hammer I want you to review every executive order the admonition by George Bush.
Whether it relates to warrantless wiretaps or detaining people or.
Reading emails or whatever it is I want to go through every single one of them and if they are unconstitutional if there are encroaching on civil liberties unnecessarily.
We are going to overturn.
Well I'm not that I think the gap between.
President Obama's rhetoric and reality is so massive.
That I'm never surprised that what he says has no relationship.
This is a man after although -- just two weeks -- told us the war on terror was over.
And we're now learning that the war on terror is so real that we are basically.
Looking at virtually every American.
One of the other has to be true.
And I think it's just one more example the president.
I think has an enormous gap.
Between what he says and the real world and so I don't pay a lot of attention to the fact that there's this enormous gap I think it is of the fact of everyday life.
When he promised an open transparent administration virtually every member of his cabinet has a secret email account which is illegal.
-- just down the list of things he's promised that he failed on.
And it's nice to notice that the New York Times actually found something.
On which they have lost faith.
-- what do you think about the vast -- the sheer numbers in the Verizon case and then of course we have the -- the prison issue.
Which literally they're monitoring the servers of Microsoft Yahoo! Google FaceBook AOL Skype you have to battle the scope seems -- So well that there are two things.
That people ought to ask some sells about this the first is this is where the Internal Revenue Service scandals so devastating.
Why would you trust this government with any private information.
This is a government which we clearly know now the IRS was asking Christian conservative groups what were you saying in your prayers.
There are asking in 83 year old woman.
What she was saying at a coffee club on Friday morning's why would you try and this I think this is a huge problem.
That people have to really ask themselves you really trust this government with that kind of information -- but there's a second there's a second problem John.
When you gather all this data you don't know what you're looking for -- all this information.
Why couldn't figure out that there were two Chechens.
Who had bombs in Boston.
Why couldn't figure out that there was a Pakistani.
Who I was creating a car bomb in Times Square.
The fact that they rip they relentlessly.
Refuse to profile and be accurate and focus on people like you to kill us and so instead they gather mounds of data about everybody.
Actually I think weakens our ability.
To find out the people who are the most dangerous it does it seems like you hired millions of people you wouldn't be able -- sift through all that would do.
While they -- all my computer in my code word and looking for specific thing but it's obviously and ask yourself the question.
They had all this data how come they didn't find either the Pakistani car bomber in New York or the two Chechen bombers in Boston.
What does that tell you how come they couldn't find major has signed.
Who by the way is still getting paid his salary 43 months after he was in prison for killing thirteen Americans at Fort Hood.
You have to ask yourself what is it -- -- missing when they have all this information -- innocent people and they can't figure out who the guilty are.
You know it's also a little bit odd to me that and that the president was against this that Agassi's foreign.
He was against enhanced interrogation but -- all for drone strikes and get most -- wide open you know what's the scariest thing -- all of us.
You know after he lost his presidential election Al Gore went off the rails.
And he actually sent out a tweet today.
You know that you know things are really bad when I start agreeing -- -- which nobody ever thought what happened but he wrote -- didn't in the digital era.
Privacy -- got to be a priority is it just me or is is it is a secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous.
He's come back -- census.
Smiling I'm very surprise Al Gore didn't suggest this was just one more example of global warming so.
He may be right.
I think I made here I don't -- look at I think they'll have to rethink where I am in this.
All right mr.
speaker good to see it thanks to do us good -- if you are still.
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