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Report: Obama unaware NSA spied on world leaders
The Hill ^ | October 27, 2013 | Justin Sink

Posted on 10/28/2013 12:49:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

The White House was unaware of National Security Agency surveillance targeting world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and ordered the spy agency to cease some monitoring programs after learning of them, according to a report Sunday in The Wall Street Journal.

According to the paper, the White House first learned of the operations during an internal administration review over the summer. After their revelation, the White House ordered the NSA to halt some monitoring programs, including the one tracking Merkel. Other surveillance efforts are still winding down.

The Journal report contradicts a story in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag that suggests that the president was personally briefed on the operation to monitor Merkel’s phone three years ago.

But according to the Journal’s reporting, President Obama only authorized broad intelligence-gathering priorities. Senior administration officials told the newspaper that individual surveillance levels were made on the agency level.

The report comes as top German intelligence officials were set to travel to Washington this week to ask questions about the alleged surveillance of Merkel.

On Friday, NBC News reported the White House might be open to no-spy agreements with Germany and other close allies outraged over the alleged surveillance of their leaders’ phone and digital communications.

“We are already in diplomatic and intelligence channels talking to the Germans, French, countries around the world — Brazil and Mexico, as well,” deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told the network. “I think we’ll have a series of bilateral discussions with these countries and look at multilateral discussions as well.”

The U.S. has preexisting no-spy agreements with Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.

Obama assured Merkel in a personal phone conversation that the U.S. would not monitor her personal communications in the future.

But some Republicans — including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rodgers (R-Mich.) — said European leaders should not complain about American intelligence operations.

“I would argue by the way, if the French citizens knew exactly what that was about, they would be applauding and popping champagne corks,” Rodgers told CNN.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said the president should not apologize for the spy craft.

The president should stop apologizing, stop being defensive,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The reality is the NSA has saved thousands of lives not just in the United States but in France, Germany and throughout Europe. Quite frankly, the NSA has done so much for our country and so much for the president, he’s the commander in chief. He should stand with the NSA.”


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KEYWORDS: nsa; obama; spying
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1 posted on 10/28/2013 12:49:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I understand that there is a bridge for sale somewhere in Brooklyn, NY USA.


2 posted on 10/28/2013 12:52:33 AM PDT by NY Attitude (Make love not war but be prepared for either.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I can not believe the American people were dumb enough to elect this man. I don’t think we will ever be able to recover.


3 posted on 10/28/2013 12:54:36 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Unaware, eh? The POTUS in a total daze and shifting the blame again?


4 posted on 10/28/2013 12:54:48 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

President Sgt. Schultz


5 posted on 10/28/2013 12:59:07 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: skr

Yet, he knows plenty.

6 posted on 10/28/2013 1:00:45 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Olog-hai
Ahhhh, but BUSH knew! Right Barack?

This reminds me of the old National Lampoon “Missing White House Tapes” album from the Watergate period.

During the Watergate hearings they panel asked a witness, “What did the President know, and when did he start knowing it?”

Obama will deflect every claim, avoid responsibility, vote present, check out and go for a round of golf.

Bush knew!, Bush knew!, now I am off to the golf green...

7 posted on 10/28/2013 1:01:45 AM PDT by Netz
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

When it comes to ignorance of what’s happening 0bama bats 1,000!


8 posted on 10/28/2013 1:03:21 AM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: NY Attitude

“I understand that there is a bridge for sale somewhere in Brooklyn, NY USA.”

and the troll who lives under that bridge has big ears, no brains and comes from Kenya.


9 posted on 10/28/2013 1:03:33 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He didn’t know until CNN told him.

After a while, these denial episodes and lack of knowledge episodes....all add up. A true executive would demand accountability and put a priority on managing his “program”. I don’t think he has the talent or skill to do that. He’s just a presentation guy....a speech-giver, and you will never get any more than that.


10 posted on 10/28/2013 1:13:30 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: max americana

LOL.


11 posted on 10/28/2013 1:19:40 AM PDT by NY Attitude (Make love not war but be prepared for either.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You forgot amnesty. It won’t be the final nail in the coffin, it will be the knife in the heart of the Republic.


12 posted on 10/28/2013 1:21:09 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What a guy, Good news - Intimately involved knows every minute detail.

Bad news - I know nothing


13 posted on 10/28/2013 1:31:05 AM PDT by WKB
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

WHAT, ME WORRY?


14 posted on 10/28/2013 1:37:58 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

captain obama and his media shield


15 posted on 10/28/2013 1:38:52 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“The White House was unaware of National Security Agency surveillance targeting world leaders...”

Horse sh*t.


16 posted on 10/28/2013 1:42:44 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

17 posted on 10/28/2013 1:42:47 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: WKB

Obama said “No one is madder about this than I am - that’s why it’s going to be fixed” about Obamacare.....

I guess all the other things that he should be “madder about” will be “fixed” once he finds out about them....like Benghazi and all the other national security and domestic problems he didn’t, doesn’t, won’t admit knowing about [Obama floats above a planet in termoil in some rarefied world of make believe] and the Dems and their MSM sycophants caulk all the problems of the world up to GOP opposition to his polices.

He automatically escapes to the campaign trail and the hand-picked low information crowds are there to cheer him on and his compliant MSM dutifully reports on the wonder of Him.


18 posted on 10/28/2013 1:45:44 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obama: I was kept ignorant.


19 posted on 10/28/2013 1:50:00 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The most clueless, un-briefed and unaware President in this country’s history.


20 posted on 10/28/2013 2:23:49 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

obama just found out last week that some dems are trying to get a socialist health care system going.


21 posted on 10/28/2013 2:25:46 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (-)
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To: Netz
now I am off to the golf green

Yes, now that he's fixed obamacare, it's about time for a month-long "autumn holiday" vacation with Reggie to some nice, warm golf course while michelle takes the girls shopping for designer clothes in LA.

Then it will be time for a "winter holiday/kwanza" break and a month-long vacation with Reggie to some nice, warm golf course while michelle takes the girls shopping for designer clothes in Rome and Paris.

22 posted on 10/28/2013 2:33:10 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (-)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Obama: I was kept ignorant.

Not hard to do. That's why Valerie hired him.

23 posted on 10/28/2013 2:35:46 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (-)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

24 posted on 10/28/2013 2:38:07 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Liar!


25 posted on 10/28/2013 2:47:05 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Keeping Obama ignorant would be the easiest job in the world.


26 posted on 10/28/2013 2:48:52 AM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

obammy and his minnions are liars


27 posted on 10/28/2013 3:05:14 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obama just doesn’t seem to know ANYTHING that’s going on in his EVIL Admin.....yeah, right!


28 posted on 10/28/2013 3:05:32 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I remember the fuss raised over Obama getting a Blackberry. To me, that suggests that the tracking and monitoring of mobile devices is common knowledge in DC. I wouldn’t expect the press to stumble over something this obvious, but is supports the idea that the administration lying their ass off again.

The trouble now is, Obama has a hoard of takers backing him, so why would he care what others think? He flat out lied to Merkel about monitoring her phone. He’s not in this to represent the interests of the nation.


29 posted on 10/28/2013 3:11:08 AM PDT by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Oh. So that’s why he fired every one involved. But wait a minute that headline hasn’t come out and it probably never will. He’s probably too worried about what would come to light if he starts firing some that have the secrets. Roberts isn’t the only one that can be blackmailed into voting against America.


30 posted on 10/28/2013 3:19:42 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Hill shoveling crap for Obama again.


31 posted on 10/28/2013 3:52:59 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: caver

Limbaugh theorum.


32 posted on 10/28/2013 4:09:27 AM PDT by lilypad
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obama unaware NSA spied on world leaders


What’s the other great lie? The check is in the mail and..... ???????


34 posted on 10/28/2013 4:16:54 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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Ahhh, the incompetency defense. It works every time, for Obama.


35 posted on 10/28/2013 4:17:38 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Translation: “The buck can never stop with me on any scandal of this administration because I am perpetually clueless.”


36 posted on 10/28/2013 4:24:10 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He knows nothing of his administration... Bush knew everything. IMPEACH for dereliction of Duty and do it today!


37 posted on 10/28/2013 4:35:57 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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Obama unaware NSA spied on world leaders

Bovine excrement.

5.56mm

38 posted on 10/28/2013 4:38:33 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: M Kehoe
Let's test the out.


39 posted on 10/28/2013 4:42:24 AM PDT by McGruff (Mitch McConnell sold his soul for a Dam project.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

President Schultz...”I know nothinggg”


40 posted on 10/28/2013 4:49:38 AM PDT by Baldwin77
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Just like he knows his worst dressed first fat woman is a spendaholic to the tune of $3+ BILLION dollars on clothes.


41 posted on 10/28/2013 4:57:52 AM PDT by GailA (THOSE WHO DON'T KEEP PROMISES TO THE MILITARY, WON'T KEEP THEM TO U!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Implausible denial


42 posted on 10/28/2013 4:58:55 AM PDT by eclectic (Liberalism is a mental disorder)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
No. Don't tell me about it, I don't want to know.

At best.

43 posted on 10/28/2013 5:04:01 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: jonrick46

http://grdurand.com/blogger/uploaded_images/what_me_worry.jpg


44 posted on 10/28/2013 5:06:30 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (The Democratic party preys on the ignorant..!)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

What happened?


45 posted on 10/28/2013 5:32:55 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He said, she said.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/27/obama-knew-nsa-spying-on-merkel-and-approved-it-report-says-944692234/


46 posted on 10/28/2013 5:35:34 AM PDT by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000* Fear the beards! GO SOX!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

obama is unaware of everything


47 posted on 10/28/2013 5:53:07 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: Las Vegas Dave
I will try this thing again. Thanks for the alert.


48 posted on 10/28/2013 6:13:36 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The buck stops there.


49 posted on 10/28/2013 6:29:33 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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Obama is “unaware” of...:

Sebelius says Obama was unaware of health-care site’s problems, and four more morning reads

http://blogs.marketwatch.com/capitolreport/2013/10/23/sibelius-says-obama-was-unaware-of-health-care-sites-problems-and-four-more-morning-reads/

President Obama Says He Was Unaware Of IRS Targeting Before Scandal Broke

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/05/16/obama-expected-to-be-peppered-with-questions-about-irs-scandal-at-news-conference/

Obama unaware of threats against whistleblowers

http://wnax.com/the-wnax-report/obama-unaware-of-threats-against-whistleblowers/

White House: Obama, Biden Were Unaware Of Libya Security Requests

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/white-house-obama-biden-were-unaware-of-libya-security-requests?m=1

Obama unaware aunt’s immigration status

http://www.welt.de/english-news/article2661862/Obama-unaware-aunts-immigration-status.html

Obama: Unaware Of Investment Conflicts

http://www.nysun.com/national/obama-unaware-of-investment-conflicts/50063/

Obama: I didn’t know about U.S. Government gun-smuggling operation into Mexico

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1370172/Obama-I-didn-t-know-U-S-Government-gun-smuggling-operation-Mexico.html

ABC: Obama ‘Unaware’ of Tea Parties

http://nation.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/15/abc-obama-unaware-tea-parties

OBAMA: NO KNOWLEDGE OF AYERS’ TERRORIST PAST

http://nypost.com/2008/10/07/obama-no-knowledge-of-ayers-terrorist-past/

Obama Says He Didn’t Know About Minister’s Statements Until Recently. (Obama Unaware of Reverend Wright’s Anti-Semitic Sermons He Listened to for Twenty Years)

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-502443_162-3958988-502443.html

White House: President Obama was unaware aides floated job offers to Andrew Romanoff

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/white-house-president-obama-unaware-aides-floated-job-offers-andrew-romanoff-article-1.178378

White House was ‘unaware’ of immigration detainee release

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/27/white-house-was-unaware-of-immigration-detainee-release/comment-page-1/

Obama Administration: We Didn’t Find Out About AIG Bonuses Until This Month

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/03/obama-adminis-1-3/

OBAMA WAS UNAWARE OF...

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-258294

Obama aide ‘unaware’ of fund’s Cayman Islands link

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/economics/article3687531.ece


50 posted on 10/28/2013 6:53:56 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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