March 23rd, 2019


Don't Believe Hillary's Sudden Support For Curbs On The NSA

Dick Morris

By Dick Morris

Published May 15, 2015

    Don't Believe Hillary's Sudden Support For Curbs On The NSA

Last week, Hillary poked her head above the parapet that she's been hiding behind to tweet a benign message:

"Congress should move ahead now with the USA Freedom Act -- a good step forward in ongoing efforts to protect our security & civil liberties."

Her very belated tweet -- after years of silence -- followed a landmark ruling by a federal appeals court holding that metadata collection by the NSA was illegal. Hillary saw the ruling, knew what was coming, and suddenly jumped on the bandwagon.

But don't be fooled by her. As Secretary of State, she frequently approved cloak and dagger operations and strategically used data from NSA interceptions of our allies.

One of the most blatant instances was her use of NSA intercepted conversations and emails between countries participating in the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. Clinton and Obama wanted advance information about which countries would be opposing them and what their strategy would be. Documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealed the NSA monitoring:

"Leaders and negotiating teams from around the world will undoubtedly be engaging in intense last-minute policy formulating; at the same time, they will be holding sidebar discussions with their counterparts, details of which are of great interest to our policymakers ... Signals intelligence will undoubtedly play a significant role in keeping our negotiators as well informed as possible throughout the negotiations."

By the way, "Signals Intelligence", referred to as SIGINT, is clandestine intelligence gathering. That's what Hillary loves.

In her book, "Hard Choices," she claimed that she and Obama "learned" that there was a secret meeting with the Chinese and Indian diplomats. Once they "found out" about it, they "crashed" the meeting.

They "found out" about it because of the NSA spying. That's how they "learned." And our allies were not too happy about it.

Later, Hillary attacked Snowden and claimed his leaks helped terrorists. What really upset her was that she was caught and embarrassed when world leaders learned what she was up to.

Incredibly, nobody has asked her about it. No news story has connected the dots linking her to the meta-data overreach.

As president, Hillary would compound scandals like the NSA snooping affair, driven by her own penchant for secrecy, spying, concealment, and paranoia. Her support of the NSA reform legislation is a particularly hypocritical piece of campaign posturing.

But snooping is not just a government issue for Hillary. She believes in private snooping, too.

Remember her record:

In Arkansas, as Bill was running for president in 1992, she hired private detectives to investigate the background and lives of women who were linked to her husband, not to punish them or stop her husband, but to cow them into silence through blackmail.

In the White House, she directed her lawyers to hire Terry Lenzner, a private detective, to get dirt on Monica Lewinsky and other people involved in the impeachment process Lenzner confirmed his role in his memoir.

What else has she secretly discovered?

There was more while she was at State:

When she became Secretary of State, she issued instructions to department officials to collect "biometric data" including "fingerprints, facial images, DNA, and iris scans" of African leaders." In another cable, she directed American diplomats abroad and at the United Nations to get passwords, personal encryption keys, credit card numbers, frequent flyer account numbers and other data from foreign diplomats

She specifically sought biometric and other data on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and permanent Security Council representatives from China, Russia, France and the UK.

She asked the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires to gather information on Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Her cable to the embassy asked, "How is Cristina Fernández de Kirchner managing her nerves and anxiety?" It asked them to investigate, "How does stress affect her behavior toward advisors and/or her decision making? What steps does Cristina Fernández de Kirchner or her advisers/handlers, take in helping her deal with stress? Is she taking any medications?"

For this person, who is so taken with spies, hidden secrets, and amassing blackmail material to suddenly support restrictions on NSA activities is absolutely laughable.

Are we that gullible?

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Dick Morris, who served as adviser to former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and former President Clinton, is the author of 16 books, including his latest, Screwed and Here Come the Black Helicopters.