Friday, 1 November 2013

Double Talk from a Half-Ass

Old horse face was shovelling it to the Euros recently.  The BBC, at least, seems to be buying it.

"US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that in some cases, US spying has gone too far. But does Kerry actually say this? No. "Spying" is never mentioned, only "information gathering." 
Mr Kerry is the most senior Obama administration official to have commented directly on an issue that has upset America's European allies.
He said he will work with the president to prevent further inappropriate acts by the National Security Agency. But does he promise that such acts will end? Of course not!   
But Mr Kerry also defended the need for increased surveillance, saying it had thwarted terrorist attacks.
"We have actually ("actually:" usually a sure giveaway that a pol is lying) prevented airplanes from going down, buildings from being blown up, and people from being assassinated (What? People being assassinated? How awful, and so un-American!) because we've been able to learn ahead of time of the plans," Mr Kerry told a conference in London via video link. (Strange, no reports of any arrests have surfaced these last few years. Lots of assassinations, though!)
"I assure you, (!!!) innocent people are not being abused in this process, but there's an effort to try to gather information. What's with the "but"? Buried somewhere in the non sequitur seems to be a concession that the effort to gather information entails the very abuse he's denying. And yes, in some cases, it has reached too far inappropriately. Could it have "reached too far" appropriately? Seems it did just that until Snowden reached for the download button.
"And the president, our president, (yes, John, Europe is not quite a part of the USA - yet!) is determined to try ("determined to try?" Meaning he's not very determined at all. We determine to do it or we will try to do it, but we don't determine to try to do it unless we ain't going to do it.) to clarify and make clear for people, (is that two tasks or just one, John?) and ("and?" - what was it that the president your president was going to clarify? We're not told. Clarifying has now become an intransitive, not to say transcendental, activity, it seems.) and is now doing a thorough review in order that nobody will have the sense of abuse," he said . . . " Nobody having "the sense of abuse" hardly ensures that nobody is being abused. Nobody had any "sense of abuse" until that nobody Snowden put us all on the scent.