We can now set aside our concerns about secret government surveillance of our private lives, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has stepped forward to share that any such fears are overblown.
“I think people have gotten the idea that there’s an Orwellian state out there that somehow we’re operating in. That’s far from the case,” Napolitano said Friday during an appearance on “Road to City Hall,” a political news and opinion show in New York City.
“Big Sis” tries to alleviate any concern about monitoring efforts having gone too far by pointing to “protections built into the system.”
“No one should believe that we are simply going willy-nilly and using any kind of data that we can gather,” she informs us. Furthermore, we’re reminded that her department is “constantly reviewing our policies and procedures.”
So there, feel better now?
Of course, it’s unclear if not “going willy-nilly” is a veiled reference to the inane decision to exclude mosques, which have been off limits from any such surveillance since 2011. Mosques being “the jihad factories where homegrown terrorists are radicalized,” as an Investor’s Business Daily editorial posted last week stated.
In reality, the Obama administration has done little to prove to the American public that it can be trusted. From stonewalling to outright misleading people, the track record is clear.
And if the past is any indication, Napolitano’s words of comfort are little more than carefully crafted talking points designed to deflect our attention away.
Ironically, she sings from the same hymnal that President Obama has used for other failures within his administration — better communicate to the American people.
“I think we need to do a better job of explaining to the American people exactly what is kept, what are the real restrictions on how—I’m just talking now for DHS, Department of Homeland Security–how we use it, how long we can keep it, how we share it, all those thing,” she explained.
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