indicate that the President was unaware
of the NSA's programs to spy on foreign leaders...
Merkel called President Obama after receiving word she had been targeted. The White House says the U.S. is not and will not monitor her communications, but did not say whether it had done so previously.
On Sunday night, The Wall Street Journal reported the White House was unaware of the NSA’s targeting of world leaders.
France and Germany also summoned U.S. ambassadors to their countries over the reports, considered rare moves.
If Obama is lying -- if he did
know -- that's plenty worrisome. But just as worrisome is the possibility that he did not know.
Consider: If we have a "mushroom President" (that is, kept in the dark), the information was being routed to someone else
. Perhaps the time has come to ask if there is a group which compiles blackmail information on all world leaders, including Obama.
As I understand it, Angela Merkel has been the target of electronic eavesdropping since 2003 -- before she became Germany's Chancellor.
Obama has talked about an internal review. Not good enough. We need a Frank Church-style housecleaning -- alas, we lack anyone of Church's stature. Both parties fear to undertake this task because the NSA's evils span more than one presidency.
Some of the Tea Party loons are willing to speak of an "NSA scandal" -- and while I don't know if that's a good
sign, it sure as hell signifies something