Here are some examples of ambiguous accent from one of aloft Admiral Obama’s Press Conferences, interspersed with my own analytical commentary. Hopefully, my agitation statements will assume allegorical and you’ll be beneath acceptable to be affected by this blazon of ambiguous accent in the future. I wrote it just canicule afterwards the accident in 2013, but never arise it before, so in it I abode Obama as the accepted president, aback he was still in appointment at the time. The point of the commodity is not primarily to corruption Obama, but to analyze the anatomy of ambiguous accent in general.
The afterward quotes from Admiral Barack Obama were taken from his Press Conference on NSA Surveillance on August 9, 2013.
Obama: I am focused on my bulk one albatross as Commander-In-Chief, and that’s befitting the American humans safe.
Me: Abounding would altercate that the a lot of basal albatross of the Admiral of the United States is to preserve, assure and avert the Constitution. What does he beggarly by the babble ‘safe’? And at what bulk to alternative will this alleged assurance be won? If Obama and every added Admiral took their adjuration of office, they actively swore that “I will anxiously assassinate the appointment of Admiral of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, assure and avert the Architecture of the United States.”
And in a babble allowance chat I stumbled upon, anyone (I could not acquaint what his or her name was) acquaint the following:
“Just this morning I apprehend a CNN assessment area by Republican agent Sam Brownback arguing adjoin closing Guantanamo. In the aboriginal book he says ‘The a lot of important albatross for any admiral is the assurance and aegis of the American people.’ He uses this awry apriorism throughout and is acutely accommodating to absolve any act as continued as it keeps Americans safe. Why is this man accustomed through the doors of Congress? I, like abounding Americans, am accommodating to accord up my activity in aegis of American ethics and freedoms. I would rather die in a agitator advance than see the Architecture and the American ethics embodied aural it attenuated or destroyed in the name of absorption me.”
This accent on the assurance and aegis of the American humans may complete reasonable, but until we apperceive actually what this byword represents to the President, until we apperceive what ethics and intentions are active his efforts to allegedly assure us, until we apperceive accurately what ultimate forms of assurance and aegis he envisions, and actually what he considers the gravest threats we charge aegis from, we can’t actually acquaint whether we should acceptable it or altercate it.
The Admiral afresh active in the adapted administering by claiming that:
Obama: “We accept to bang the adapted antithesis amid absorption our aegis and absorption our freedoms.” [And a few sentences later,] “I alleged for a analysis of our surveillance programs. Unfortunately, rather than an alike and allowable action to agitation these issues and arise up with adapted reforms, afresh leaks of classified advice accept accomplished the agitation in a absolute amorous but not consistently fully-informed way”.
Me: Ha! Calling for a analysis is hardly a adventuresome or abating act, and anticipation from the actuality that Obama was not ashamed by the facts these leaks exposed, it seems awful acceptable that a simple ‘bad review’, hidden from accessible scrutiny, would accept had even beneath access on his behavior and policies…
The leaks showed that our surveillance programs were not allowable and alike to activate with, but were grossly unconstitutional! This makes them not abandoned illegal, but technically treasonous–a abysmal betrayal of our axiological bounds as a built-in republic of laws that are declared to administer as abundant to the lawgivers as to the law receivers. This has annihilation to do with passion. It has to do with gross violations of his adjuration of office.
Besides, if these leaks are authentic or factual, afresh how can these leaks possibly anticipate an alike and allowable action to agitation them? Artlessly alpha with the advice aggregate in the leaks and go from there. If what you actually wish is a allowable and alike debate, annihilation about these leaks can anticipate it. In fact, these leaks can advice assure the accessible that the debates are acclamation the added important credibility and abuses we accept begin to abide in secret. If your absorption is actually the assurance and aegis of the accepted population, you would allegedly acceptable these leaks and accede Snowden for accomplishing his absolute difficult assignment as a amenable American aborigine arresting the Constitution. Instead, you afflict him. This is absolute acute affirmation that your absorption in accessible safety, forth with absorption our acknowledged rights, is not a part of your top priorities–in absolute fact.
Further, there is, in reality, no such affair as a ‘fully-informed way’. We can never, any of us, become ‘fully-informed’ about anything, decidedly a ample and circuitous project. We accordingly accept to act with abridged and fractional adeptness and so does the President.
He afresh goes on to assure us how abundant he has done to accomplish abiding aggregate is traveling beautifully able-bodied and acceptable safeguards are in place, all the while blank the actuality that his administering has been begin to be in direct, gross corruption of basal legal, built-in guarantees.
He afresh stresses the accent of American capitalism and American openness. In reality, we are NOT a capitalism (majority rule), but a built-in republic (governed by laws that are declared to administer to all the humans behindhand of their ‘social class’ or ‘political position’). Far added important to our civic bloom than ‘openness’ is our acuity in arresting and absorption our built-in rights and freedoms, behindhand of what any or all added countries in the apple are committed to or absent from us.
He suggests what defines us is accessible agitation and autonomous process. Accessible debate? Area accept any of the changes his administering accomplished that accept bargain our constitutionally affirmed rights and freedoms been subjected to accessible debate? And again, our action is declared to depend on built-in law, not ‘democratic process’. What does that actually mean, anyway? Decided by the majority of the humans sitting in his broke office?
Then he makes abounding added assurances afore advertisement the afterward four specific accomplish he is traveling to be demography anon to “move the agitation forward”. Again. What debate? The one in his mind? The one abaft broke doors? He is acceptable us he is authoritative aggregate all adapted again, even acceptance he has accepted neither atrocity nor any aperture of built-in law. The aboriginal of the four accomplish is:
Obama: “I will plan with Congress to accompany adapted reforms to area 215 of the Patriot Act, the affairs that collects blast records.”
Me: Aha! So he is apropos his ascendancy to illegally aggregate blast annal to a area of the Patriot Act, which is itself an actionable burlesque and a betrayal of the U.S. Constitution. And he’s traveling to application it up? Why? To accomplish his crimes attending beneath blatant? How will advancing “appropriate reforms” in an actionable certificate advice assure the rights and privacies of the American humans or affect absolute actionable practices we’ve just abstruse he’s committed? He goes on to say:
Obama: “This affairs is an important apparatus in our accomplishment to agitate agitator plots, and it does not acquiesce the government to accept to any buzz calls afterwards a warrant.”
Me: So, this ‘program’ does not acquiesce the government to accept to our calls afterwards a warrant. The association actuality is that the government is abandoned accustomed to almanac our blast conversations afterwards alert to them. That’s aboveboard actionable surveillance that imparts added potentially-oppressive adeptness to the government than the government was anytime advised by the Architecture to acquire in the aboriginal place.
Obama: “I accept that there are accomplish we can yield to accord the American humans added aplomb that there are added safeguards adjoin abuse. For instance, we can yield accomplish to put in abode greater oversight, greater transparency, and constraints on the use of this authority.”
Me: Recording our blast conversations is a gross decay of the taxpayers’ money to advice unconstitutionally ‘allowed’ actionable surveillance operations and now we’re declared to assurance this badly alarming adeptness will not be abused because they affiance they will not corruption it? They’ve already besmirched the Constitution! The abandoned affair that should accord the humans aplomb is the dismantling and abolishment of such big-ticket and destructive admiral that should never accept existed in the aboriginal place.
By oversight, the administering about agency they will baby-sit themselves and let us apperceive if they atom any problems they can acquaint us about afterwards aggressive the civic security. They, of course, will adjudge which items abatement into this accurate little category. The Admiral acutely doesn’t even apperceive how to speak acutely let abandoned behave and run his administering transparently. What affirmation can he point to that could possibly accreditation our aplomb in his adeptness and admiration to be transparent, accessible and honest with the American humans who pay his salary? And constraints are declared to accomplish us feel confident? His administering has a constant history of abolishment any constraints that get in their way, including the U. S. Architecture itself by renewing the Patriot Act–a greatly criminal, anti-American, anti-freedom, and aboveboard destructive act in and of itself.
Obama: “Second, I’ll plan with Congress to advance the public’s aplomb in the blank conducted by the Adopted Intelligence Surveillance Corps. accepted as the FISC. The FISC was created by Congress to accommodate administrative analysis of assertive intelligence activities so that a federal adjudicator accept to acquisition that our accomplishments are constant with the Constitution.
Me: We accept already afresh apparent that federal board can no best be counted on to advocate the Architecture because the Patriot Act has rendered the Architecture finer absent and abandoned on acute affairs area animal rights and freedoms are concerned. Elite ‘influence’ can now allegedly about-face federal board in any administering they want, and some board accept actually declared that abounding Built-in rights no best apply. Attorneys accept allegedly been threatened with abasement for so abundant as bringing up in the courtroom, the affair that the Patriot Act is not constitutional. And naturally, because of the accessible and cellophane government the Admiral assures us we have, you already apperceive all about the FISC, right?
Obama: “However, to body greater aplomb I anticipate we should accede some added changes to the FISC. One of the apropos that humans accession is that a adjudicator reviewing a appeal from the government to conduct programmatic surveillance abandoned hears one ancillary of the story. May angle it too far in favor of security. May not pay abundant absorption to liberty. And while I’ve got aplomb in the court, and I anticipate they’ve done a accomplished job. I anticipate we can accommodate greater assurances that the cloister is searching at these issues from both perspectives–security and privacy. So specifically, we can yield accomplish to accomplish abiding civilian liberties apropos accept an absolute voice, in adapted cases, by insuring that the government’s position is challenged by an adversary.”
Me: What? Is he authoritative up a new anatomy of government as he goes along? As it occurs to him? It’s a part of the government’s absolute and actively affidavit official and primary duties to assure our civilian liberties! Why do we charge a arduous antagonist and who the hell is it? Is this amateur adopted by the humans or appointed by the government? What are his, her or their values? Whose interests do they fundamentally represent? Who is paying them? How abundant are they getting paid?
And cartel I ask who gets to adjudge which cases are ‘appropriate’? Doesn’t this put all the adeptness to accept if and if to use this amorphous ‘adversarial power’ actually in the easily of the government it’s allegedly put in abode to counterbalance? This is actually acutely no aegis from government ascendancy and absolute acumen whatsoever. His promises of added government blank bulk to the affirmation that hey, we are traveling to watch ourselves abundant added anxiously as we do whatever we wish to. Who feels a accomplished lot added assured now? Can I see a appearance of hands?
Have you anytime even heard of the FISC, the Adopted Intelligence Surveillance Corps? Do you bethink the aboveboard cellophane debates about it? We are declared to be absolute by Built-in law, so why are we creating aberrant new ad hoc all-embracing administering bodies? And why has no one I’ve asked about FISC anytime heard of it if our government is operating so aboveboard and acutely as he keeps cogent us it is?
And why this attraction with aplomb building? Obama is not in actuality adage he will do annihilation absolute to assure our built-in rights. He is abandoned claiming he will body our aplomb that he is accomplishing something we want. This is functionally agnate to adage I will do my absolute to actualize the impression, to accomplish it arise as if, to actuate the public, to actualize a aboveboard façade that appeals to as abounding humans as possible, that I am acting in acceptable faith. We’re allegedly declared to put all the adeptness into his hands, delay for him to acquaint us how assured we should be in him, abutting our eyes, and achievement for the best.
Obama: Number three. We can and accept to be added transparent.
Me: Well, there’s a point we can accede upon… Hard to altercate with him on this one… We accept about cutting evidence, however, that it was never his ambition to be added transparent. His administering seems to be the a lot of backstairs one the U.S. has anytime had, in animosity of abundant attack promises to the acute contrary.
Obama: So I’ve directed the intelligence association to accomplish accessible as abundant advice about these programs as possible. We’ve already declassified aberrant advice about the NSA, but we can go further. So at my direction, the Department of Justice will accomplish public, the acknowledged account for the government’s accumulating activities beneath area 215 of the Patriot Act. The NSA is demography accomplish to put in abode a full-time civilian liberties and aloofness officer, and appear advice that data its mission, authorities and oversight. And finally, the intelligence association is creating a website that will serve as a hub for added transparency. And this will accord Americans, and the world, the adeptness to apprentice added about what our intelligence association does, and what it doesn’t do, how it carries out its mission and why it does so.
Me: So now he’s appropriately architecture a advertising broadcasting centermost on the Internet area he can broadcast any advice he wants afterwards altercation or actuality blockage from anyone… He’s traveling to accept the Department of Justice “make accessible the acknowledged rationale” for his administration’s actionable surveillance practices. This is not an ethical or moral rationale, not a accommodating or built-in rationale, but a technically acknowledged one. And a acknowledged account at that, based on constitutionally actionable assertions beneath area 215 of a accurately invalid document.
Who gets to adjudge what advice ‘it is possible’ to accomplish public? According to his words, they’ve already declassified aberrant advice about the NSA. Not aberrant amounts of advice about the NSA, just aberrant information. Besides advertence that this advice had not been appear before, the use of the appellation aberrant sounds affecting afterwards acknowledgment annihilation substantive. What in the hell is ‘unprecedented information’? If it is artlessly advice we never had before, afresh that would be accurate of any new information.
The NSA has been begin to accept been administering grossly actionable activities and, rather than answer for these destructive crimes, rather than cogent anguish and regret, he is now traveling to use a anxiously actionable certificate alleged the Patriot Act, to absolve his accomplishments and argue the accessible that the NSA is acting accurately because this acutely actionable certificate says so.
And actuality he has appear a bit added about how he is traveling to assure our privacy. One, calculation ‘em, one abandoned “full-time civilian liberties and aloofness officer”. He forgot to acknowledgment what admiral this abandoned individual has, if any, but that’s irrelevant. He’s primarily aggravating to accomplish us feel added assured we’ve got our asses covered. I could feel added assured if we didn’t charge to be assured there’s a abandoned being in there arresting our interests from the rest. What happens on canicule if this being is out sick? Do they stop administering business or get as abundant done as bound as accessible while this being is out of the building? Do they table assertive issues until the next time this being will not be at work, or until he or she returns?
We would be bigger served by some affirmation that the absolute government is acceptable our interests and absorption our rights and privacies. I accept at this point, Mr. Obama is adequately assured we artlessly wouldn’t accept that if he told it to us. Especially afterwards abstinent the NSA has even done annihilation wrong, and aswell advancing down on top of Snowden for courageously absolute the animal accuracy of their crimes, like a abode of bricks.
Obama: Fourth, we’re basal a high-level accumulation of alfresco experts to analysis our absolute intelligence and communications technologies. We charge new cerebration for a new era. We now accept to breach agitator plots by award a aggravate in a haystack of all-around telecommunications. And meanwhile, technology has accustomed governments, including our own, aberrant adequacy to adviser communications. So I’m tasking this absolute accumulation to footfall aback and analysis our capabilities, decidedly our surveillance technologies. And they’ll accede how we can advance the assurance of the people, how we can accomplish abiding there is actually no corruption in agreement of how these surveillance technologies are used, ask how surveillance impacts our adopted policy, decidedly in an age area added and added advice is acceptable public. And they will accommodate an acting address in 60 canicule and a final address by the end of this year so that we can move advanced with a bigger compassionate of how these programs appulse our security, our privacy, and our adopted policy.
So all these accomplish are advised to assure that the American humans can assurance that our efforts are in band with our interests and our values. And to others about the world, I wish to accomplish clear, already again, that America is not absorbed on spying on accustomed people. Our intelligence is focused aloft all on award the advice that’s all-important to assure our humans and in abounding cases assure our allies.
It’s true, we accept cogent capabilities. What’s aswell accurate is we appearance a abstemiousness that abounding governments about the apple don’t even anticipate to do–refuse to show. That includes, by the way, some of America’s a lot of articulate critics. We shouldn’t overlook the aberration amid the adeptness of our government to aggregate advice online beneath austere guidelines and for attenuated purposes, and the alertness of some added governments to bandy their own citizens in bastille for what they say online.
Me: Able-bodied now, this agitator artifice business is actually a hornet’s backup of bamboozlement and lies so abysmal and blubbery as to be bulletproof in a abbreviate rebuttal. If you accept the blackmail of terrorists is account giving up our built-in freedoms for… this is added than I can belie bound in such a abbreviate amplitude as I accept accessible here. There is abundant affirmation on the Internet, however, for those with the assurance to added actually accept the facts, that this war adjoin alarm is a adulterated devised to burrow the added war adjoin the freedoms and ability and self-sovereignty of the American people. There are so abounding issues that charge to be brought to buck to accomplish this case convincingly, that you’d acceptable accede me a case if I artlessly absolved the affair out of duke with some basal yet abolitionist facts. Instead, I’ll advance on and let it go for now.
Another accumulation of alfresco experts. He continues to accredit new experts and actualize new groups to aggrandize and enlarge the government at his whim… Apparently, the central experts can’t be trusted. This is declared to affect our aplomb in his administration? We’re declared to accept the alfresco experts aren’t as anxiously vetted for ‘compatible values’ as the central experts accept been?
It’s an absolute accumulation you say–independent from you Mr. President? Absolute of the U.S. Government? Absolute of the U.S. Constitution? Absolute of those paying their salaries?
You already abandoned or betrayed abounding of the above promises you fabricated to get into office, and renewing the Patriot Act, afterwards angrily acceptance that it bare to be repealed and able you would abolition it, is unforgivable behindhand of added pressures. It is top abomination and you and your antecedent Bush should be confined for committing the abomination as able-bodied as every adopted adumbrative who voted to accept it. It has finer concluded the administration of the U.S. Architecture in the United States of America.
So, whose interests and whose ethics are you speaking about? This government has already acutely approved it is not absorbed in acknowledging our Built-in rights and freedoms. Your values, Mr. President, about alarm the hell out of me.
The angle that the United States government has apparent abstemiousness is actually antic and will argue abandoned those apprenticed of the facts or those who avoid non-mainstream media. We are beheld as thugs, bandits and bullies about the apple because of our gross abridgement of restraint, amenity and fair play. The history of our adopted action abandoned demonstrates our government is not to be trusted and our calm behavior are acceptable added acrid and astringent as well.
Even at home–restraint? You can attending at our economic, aggressive and political history and see restraint? Where? The U.S. Government is acutely controlled by a mega-wealthy scattering of owners accepting about no account for the law, for the abundance of the accepted population, or for due process. Added and added humans in every airing of activity are acumen that the U.S. has become a badge accompaniment and is growing added militantly calumniating and absolutist every year.
Restraint? The country is technically financially broke because political and accumulated thugs forth with called cyberbanking cartels accept beggared the humans dark in ample daylight. You beggarly the abstemiousness of a bashed boyish on an dizzying joyride? U. S. presidents, intelligence agencies and politicians? Accept you never apprehend a newspaper? Accord me a break, Mr. President! This is artlessly ridiculous. The out-of-control account arrears abandoned renders this affirmation an accessible con.
And afresh you’re traveling to “make abiding there is actually no corruption in agreement of how these surveillance technologies are used”? How are you traveling to about-face self-interested, aggressive and frequently base politicians into saints? Are you planning on cogent them to behave? The angle that there could possibly be ‘absolutely no abuse’ of these acute admiral is an cool one. Adeptness corrupts and that is why these types of adeptness should not be created, because already they exist, they will a lot of absolutely be abused and you apperceive it. If not for their alluring abeyant for abuse, these cher admiral and capabilities would never be produced.
Obama: Let me abutting with one added thought. The men and women of our intelligence association plan every abandoned day to accumulate us safe because they adulation this country and accept in our values. They’re patriots. And I accept that those who accept accurately aloft their choir on account of aloofness and civilian liberties are aswell patriots who adulation our country, and wish it to reside up to our accomplished ideals.
So this is how we are traveling to boldness our differences in the United States, through active accessible debate, guided by our constitution, with admiration for our history as a nation of laws, and with account for the facts.
Me: Snowden and abounding added whistleblowers are patriots anticipation by your words here, and you accept consistently apparent them animality and corruption rather than annihilation akin account for their patriotism. I apprehend you talking about active accessible agitation but I do not see any. Answering pre-written questions from a account of pre-approved question-askers can hardly be advised a debate, let abandoned vigorous. According to the U.S. Constitution, Mr. Snowden acted accurately and courageously on account of privacy, civilian liberties and the accessible good, and you accept yet to accede your answerability in the actionable activities he aloft to accessible acquaintance at abundant claimed accident and abrasion from you and your atrociously backbreaking accomplishments adjoin him and others like him. You accept already set the country’s best presidential almanac for greatest bulk of arrests of whistleblowers in the history of the nation. This has been accurate in abounding places. You accept afresh approved that you use laws as weapons to abuse and ascendancy the U. S. citizenry rather than as safeguards to assure them.
Let me abutting with one added anticipation myself, Mr. President. You are not to be believed. This abundant you accept approved in a absolute cellophane fashion.