Last year, when the Obama Administration was forced by whistleblower Edward Snowden to admit that it had, in contradiction to its previous testimony to Congress, been conducting extensive surveillance and seizure of millions of Americans’ private communications, there was a convenient excuse brought out by
What the NSA didn’t own up to is that The Intercept discovered that the personal communications of millions upon millions of Americans living within US borders, who are not suspected of any wrongdoing, are also pulled into the NSA surveillance search engine. While they were never targets of any criminal investigation, and are not in any sense foreign, the private communications of these Americans is nonetheless made easily searchable to people from 23 federal government agencies.
Barack Obama is feeling pissy. It seems that, after Obama agreed to have his picture taken with professional baseball player David Ortiz, Ortiz choose to post that photograph on his Twitter account. Samsung then retweeted that Twitter post, sending the photo to its many followers.