Fox News’ Tucker Carlson ripped the national media to shreds while condemning the Obama era White House for wrongfully spying on American citizens for political purposes.
Carlson argued that while media continues to focus in on some phantom collusion between President Trump and the Russian government, something for which they have NO PROOF, they are actively ignoring the real scandal unfolding before their eyes. Susan Rice, one of President Obama’s closest advisors, has been caught wrongfully unmasking members of the Trump campaign and transition teams for what seem to be nakedly political purposes. How do we know she did it for political purposes? Many of the reports now being produced show that the data that Rice was collecting had nothing to do with Russia or other national security issues, meaning that she unmasked the names of members of the Trump team without cause.
This fact is what Carlson finds most disturbing because it means that civil libertarians were right all along – there really is NOTHING we can do to stop the government from spying on us.
“Let’s drop the silly euphemisms. Monitoring the communications of your political opponents, and then trampling measures designed to protect their identities, isn’t ‘incidental collection’ and it isn’t regular above-the-board behavior, it is spying. IT probably wasn’t illegal, in fact, U.S. law gives tremendous latitude to intelligence agencies to surveil Americans, as well as to the White House where officials there claim they need to see this information and pass it along to other parts of government. That’s supposed to reassure all of us, but it shouldn’t because our laws currently provide no protection for U.S. citizens from being spied upon for political reasons by their own government. And worse, it actually happens, it just happened. That is the scandal here.“