Parsing the President's Words

Parsing the President’s Words:

Dave Winer reads between the lines on Obama’s appearance on Leno. Who can you trust these days?

So when President Obama went on Jay Leno last night and said:

“We don’t have a domestic spying program. What we do have are some mechanisms where we can track a phone number or an email address that we know is connected to some sort of terrorist threat. And that information is useful. But what I’ve said before I want to make sure I repeat, and that is we should be skeptical about the potential encroachments on privacy. None of the revelations show that government has actually abused these powers, but they’re pretty significant powers.”

It’s what he didn’t say that is so interesting.

“None of the revelations show that government has actually abused these powers.”

A politician chooses his words carefully. “None of the revelations show” is not the same as saying “It hasn’t happened.” More whistleblowers need to come forward to make that verbal trick not work.

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