New York Times: Obama Has 'Lost All Credibility'
Scathing editorial calls out White House over phone records
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2013 5:28 PM CDT
President Barack Obama pauses while speaking to students, teachers, and guests at Mooresville Middle School in Mooresville, N.C., Thursday, June 6, 2013, during his “Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tour”.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

(Newser) – Well, the White House did say it welcomes debate about the revelation that the NSA was grabbing phone records of Verizon customers in the name of national security. Cue the New York Times, which posted a scathing editorial this afternoon declaring that "the administration has lost all credibility." (Note: The newspaper later toned down that line to read that the "administration has lost all credibility on this issue," notes Slate. Emphasis added.) The editors say they're not buying the same-old argument that we need to trust the administration to do what's right to fend off terrorists. In fact, "Obama is proving the truism that the executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it."

The White House and its defenders say such data is necessary to determine whether suspected terrorists are working with people in the US. "That is a vital goal, but how is it served by collecting everyone’s call data?" This is yet another abuse of the 2001 Patriot Act, whose powers were way too broad from the start, says the editorial. "Stunning use of the act shows, once again, why it needs to be sharply curtailed if not repealed." Click for the full editorial.

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sunniladi
Jun 10, 2013 1:51 PM CDT
to joshua and caps: 'stay out of it'?? seriously? and you both believe you have the right to dictate what i say and to whom because...?? lol you should BOTH stay out of what I post to 2poor. it was NOT addressed to either of you. I have seen BOTH of your nasty posts on many occasions, and I think you BOTH have a lot of nerve criticizing 2poor. you are BOTH hypocrites. iffida is the blue ribbon provoker here. she-it attacks people for the fun of it and never has anything else of significance to say, never an original thought. just crude, vulgar, snide and adolescent nonsense. if 2poor responds in kind, I don't blame him. she/it has done the very same to me, completely unprovoked. if she/it starts a war, she has no right, nor do either of you, to complain about the 'noise'. now, BOTH of YOU butt out. thanks!
abovethelaw
Jun 10, 2013 8:01 AM CDT
NEVER HAD CREDIBILTY! ONLY SHEEPLE!
cornelison
Jun 10, 2013 1:56 AM CDT
Another message to the bully trolls; Thanks for diversion from this silly article. Americans want jobs. Republicans like the idea of snooping in on people - even in bedrooms. Lindsay Graham went before the cameras to support Obma on this issue. The majority of Republicans in Congress agree as well.