It means you do not have to make Requests.
Requests? Requests? We don’t need to make no stinking Requests!
It is rumored that President Obama is about to take the podium and Request the NSA no longer store the “meta data” it has collected from Innocent American Citizens through its’ Domestic Spying program. That is to say, he will not be Requesting the end to Domestic Spying… he’ll just be Requesting the material collected be stored for a shorter period to time and or by someone else.
Before I say “Why Bother?”… take a moment and think about that. I’ll wait.
Ready? “Why Bother?”
Why Bother taking even a single second to address the American People with such a statement of DESIRE?
When you are the Commander and Chief you DO NOT NEED TO REQUEST THINGS BE DONE WHICH ARE UNDER YOUR DIRECT CONTROL. Sorry, didn’t mean to yell. Seriously, I apologize.
In other words, President Obama does not need to Request:
Gitmo be closed.
Withdraw of Troops from the Middle East.
People be Fired for not Securing our Diplomats abroad.
IRS officials be Prosecuted for political targeting of individuals and organizations.
The Prosecutions of Voter Intimidation cases as well as Voter Fraud.
The Termination of those involved in Up-Arming Mexican Drug Cartels.
Certainly not the end of the largest Domestic Spying Program in the History of the World.
Is this just more Propaganda designed to make the American People think he’s doing something about an issue he doesn’t poll well on?
I’ve referred to Machiavelli before… and I’ll do so again. Machiavelli told his Prince that he must tell his population whatever they wanted to hear while doing whatever he needed, or wanted to, in order to stay in power. (Yes, I’m paraphrasing… so makeaneffort to read any translation of The Prince. Then Discourses on Livy. Then Machiavelli in Hell. That’s a start. Then get back to me. I recommend it.)
This reminds me of Clinton.
Say a lot, do nothing.
Oddly enough, the President doesn’t seem to be making Requests when it comes to shoving Obamacare down our throats…
(As a note… the NSA’s signal capture and meta data scanning utilizing computational linguistic software has been going on WELL before 9/11.)
(Live Update: President Obama states unequivocally that “elected officials have a responsibility to the Constitution”. While I’m not sure what that means, it’s a start. Secondly… and most interestingly, President Obama refuses to condemn Edward Snowden. Why is this interesting? Because he actually took a sentence of his speech to NOT condemn Edward Snowden. He could have simply said nothing regarding Snowden’s act. Very, very interesting indeed. I’m sure that is probably being received like a Lead Zeppelin over at the NSA.)
(Live Update II: Your Liberty cannot rely on you trusting the Government… “there are too many examples in history where that didn’t work”… so we are going to do a bunch of stuff you can never see. Trust us.)
Here’s the reality folks, they are not interested in any limitation being applied to their spying on you. They also do not have the ability to collect one signal and not the other. They do not want to stop collecting information about you, your kids and everyone you know because they don’t know how. They do not want to admit this to you. They do not want to admit that the information can be, and has been abused as documented here and everywhere else… whip out your googler. They have been collecting data since Bush I. This is old, old, old… and all those who were trying to get your attention regarding this were, successfully, called “conspiracy theorists” and “nut jobs”.
So there you go. The politicians Hate it when they are Not in charge and Love it when they Are. It really is that simple. And it really is about control.
So what do we do?
I recommend pouring a Martini. Or, three.
(Holy Crap Update III: “I know those always expecting the worst intentions of Government is frustrating”… “Nobody expects China to have an Open debate regarding their security processes.” Aside from the fact that we don’t yet live in China… Holy Crap! China Envy? Seriously? For the record, if I lived in China I would indeed expect open debate about State Security and Domestic Spying. So the only meaning I can take away from this is the President is upset he cannot stifle his population’s desire to “openly discuss” such matters – damn it. Stunning!)