The Pardu

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Morning Java: Did Obama Say His Administration Briefed Congress?




Enjoy while the caffeine kicks-in!!!!


PRISM Briefings to go along with your Sumatra,  Kopi Luwak IndonesianKenya AA, Tanzanian, French Roast, Kona Coast, 'Black Ivory' [Thai Elephant Dong],  Jamaica Blue Mountain, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Costa Rican, Espresso,  Moyobama Peruvian Organic, Indonesian Blend, Coffee Latte, Kauai Blend (often bitter), Colombian Red Lips, or your Folgers 100% Colombian.

                 

Not good company Edward!

We actually have some members of the US Congress who are claiming they had no knowledge of the NSA Communications monitoring program.  We realize that congress suffered a major upheaval in 2010 as knee-jerk reaction to Barack  Obama, 44th President of the United States, and as an outcome of heavily funded "bait and switch" tea party organizers (and moneymen). Yet, we feel the majority of members of congress were actually seated in their respective chambers when this monitoring program was publicized:  


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The White House has gone a bit more transparent than some in Congress seem to find comfortable.   Huffington Post has reported 22 cases of Huffington Post members of the House and Senate.  Apparently, a senior administration official gave Huntington Post the following list of briefings. 

10/19/11: Meeting with Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Staff
1/10/12: House Judiciary Committee Staff Briefings (majority and minority separately briefed)
1/11/12: Senate Judiciary Committee Staff Briefings (majority and minority separately briefed)
3/5/12: Meeting with Nancy Pelosi
3/8/12: Meeting with Harry Reid Staff
3/15/12: Law Briefing for Senate Judiciary Committee staff
3/15/12: Briefing for Senate Leadership Staff
3/21/12: Meeting with Mitch McConnell Staff
3/23/12: Senate Judiciary Committee Staff Briefing at NSA
3/27/12: Meeting with Jim Langevin
3/28/12: Meeting with Jan Schakowsky
3/29/12: Thompson Meeting*
3/29/12: Sens. Ron Wyden and Mark Udall Meeting
4/10/12: Senate Judiciary Committee Staff Briefing (in Virginia)
4/20/12: Senate Judiciary Committee Staff Briefing at FBI
5/4/12: Senate Judiciary Committee Staff Briefing
5/31/12: House Judiciary Committee FAA Hearing (unclassified)
6/7/12: House Judiciary Committee MEMBER Briefing (classified)
6/11/12: Meeting with Patrick Leahy Staff
6/21/12: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Hearing (classified)
7/18/12: Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse/Richard Blumenthal Meeting
12/10/12: Akaka Meeting

* The Washington Post reported the meeting as with Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.).

Huffington Post provided additional comment about efforts to confirm congressional attendance in these meetings.  As I read the Huff PO piece, I was reminded an absence of ground swell of comment from congressionals about the PRISM Program. 

Of course, Ron Paul is buoyed by Snowden's comment that he voted for Paul in 2008.  Now, that speaks volumes for me. And, yes "I want to be president"  Rand Paul is not among members of Congress who have avoided admissions of PRISM Briefings.  Of course,  Paul was not in congress prior to his tea party victory in 2010. His father was certainly in Congress and I would be very hard pressed to imagine Ron Paul was not aware of such monitoring.

I am not much of a "conspiracy  Inspector Clouseau" but this one is starting to stink quite a bit.

It would have been much better to see a "NAMED"
Administration official divulge the list (Transparency)

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