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Using the NSA for political advantage


Wall Street JournalThe U.S., pursuing a nuclear arms agreement with Iran at the time, captured communications between Mr. Netanyahu and his aides that inflamed mistrust between the two countries and planted a political minefield at home when Mr. Netanyahu later took his campaign against the deal to Capitol Hill.

White House officials believed the intercepted information could be valuable to counter Mr. Netanyahu’s campaign. They also recognized that asking for it was politically risky. So, wary of a paper trail stemming from a request, the White House let the NSA decide what to share and what to withhold, officials said. “We didn’t say, ‘Do it,’ ” a senior U.S. official said. “We didn’t say, ‘Don’t do it.’ ”

This is exactly why people are concerned about such broad-based programs as the NSA runs without any respect for privacy. They are absolutely perfect for collecting political dirt, blackmail material, and opposition research. They suck for finding terrorists.

This entry was published Wed Dec 30 16:50:53 CST 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-12-30 16:50:53.0. [Tweet]

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