‘Obscenely outrageous’: Al Gore fury over report of Obama administration blanket surveillance

Al Gore is not happy about the latest report of massive NSA snooping:

Twitter users joined Gore in a rare fit of bipartisanship to bash what could be the latest addition to a growing line of Obama administration scandals:

Twitchy will have more as this story develops.

  • http://www.common2cents.org/ Soulphoenix

    Freedom shmreedom, right? Lord Obama will take care of us … or at least those of us who “don’t get out of line.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/richard.jefferies.96 Richard Jefferies

      Yes, and those that get out of line will find ourselves in a different line, blindfolded, and facing a wall.

      • Stephen L. Hall

        I’m pretty sure I’ve already received my invitation for that line.

        • Marlo Miller Ricciardi

          You need to make plans…I reserved a bottom bunk in the FEMA camp.

          • chetnapier

            I’ve already signed up for the tunnel commitee

    • vetgal1970

      Already lost count of the number of lists I’ve been ‘profiled’ onto…..Darn *dancing all around the line* 😉

      • Elaine

        No wonder they knew every move Romney and Company would make! Worse than the Nixon break in, for sure!

        • Wiki David

          Aha moment…. or is this a teaching moment?

  • Bob

    Whoa, whoa whoa! I agree with Al Gore about something? Dammit, I don’t have enough liquor in the house to deal with this!!

    • Big_Jake

      Do you really think you’re agreeing with something Big Al thinks? I think Al’s pandering to get support because he knows the majority of Americans think he’s nuttier than a fruitcake. (which he most definitely is) The selling of Current TV to a news agency that openly promotes (world wide) the downfall of Western civilization was enough to sour me on this bloated moron for the rest of my life.

      • Brian Roastbeef

        Could very well be. It could also be that privacy in the digital era is indeed emerging as a major bipartisan/libertarian issue for this decade. It is certainly an important mantle that can be picked up for whichever 2016 hopeful wants it. I think we can guess who is most likely to make a stand there…

        As for Al Gore, we’ll know he is sincere if he crosses the aisle to endorse Rand Paul for President, two years or so from now. Until then, “bloated moron” is still fair game.

        • Zanshi

          I think Al’s just upset because he’s using Verizon Wireless, too. :p

        • Big_Jake

          I totally agree with your comment on getting a handle on the increasing importance of privacy in these modern times. As far as Al Gore crossing the aisle. I’m not holding my breath and neither should you. (Please don’t. We need all the thinking voters we can muster) That would put him in the same league as Zell Miller. As a Georgian, I know about Zell Miller. I’m more than sure that Al Gore IS NOT and NEVER WILL BE in the same league as a Zell Miller. Gore cares more about his own political power and how he can use it to line his own pockets than the citizenry he has publicly swore to represent. He’s a charlatan and a liar. (global warming) He’s a manipulative tyrant with little or no concern for ANY CITIZEN who he can’t control with public assistance or political correctness. Gore only cares about individuals who possess the necessary tools ($ – Current TV) or public persona (Hollywood’s Liberal elite) that can aid him in reaching his goals. In other words, he’s a typical Progressive, elitist Washington politician. The antithesis of Zell Miller.

        • alldemsrloony

          Paul’s a shill too. They all knew about this going on before it came out , yet none of them did anything about it. Our government is totally corrupt.

    • Erika K Moureau

      Oh NO!!!! Does that mean that I have to start drinking???

    • Craig Jacobs

      a stopped clock and all that.

    • Pat R.

      Same here….it can’t be real. Me agreeing with Algore.

    • Andy from Beaverton

      Appropriate sign, considering it’s Al Gore

      • catb55

        Hey that is in Michigan!

        • disqus_eric

          Granted, Detroit is a rotted glut of fire and brimstone, but calling it “Hell” is just mean… :)

      • Lady 12


      • Jeremy

        That suits him perfectly.

      • TheOriginalDonald

        Too late, the eagles already reunited!

    • Jessica R. Abbit

      @Bob, your comment is the only thing about this story to make me laugh!! Thanks. Now, where is my tequila….

    • Joel A. Edge

      Al is just doing a little CYA. Others will come forward and denounce this, just in case things get a little weirder.

  • Tugger – not quite dead yet

    Everybody should start talking about terrorism on the phone. Once they get done sorting out all the info if the really want to arrest a very large percentage of the country they will need to build a few more jails.

    • Jayne Owston

      Hey! If they build new jails then the unemployment rate goes down. There must be ulterior motives

    • vetgal1970

      I’m sure they will be deeply interested in the contents of my phone calls “Feed the Cat” Stop torturing your little brother” and my texts “K” “OK” “See you later” 😉

      None the less this is deeply disturbing that some court ordered them to do this. Though the only people who are surprised are those who wrote us off as right wing nut job bigoted tin foil hat wearers. I’m predicting a run on aluminum foil in the near future.

      • disqus_e2F2oUH6C7

        @vetgal By the stock now.

    • Victim O Circumstance

      Sounds like the old Doris Day movie “The Glass Bottom Boat”. OK Vladimir, that is all.

    • William Henry Bowen

      Tugger, that won’t work – the order is only for CDR records, not the content of the calls. What we’d have to do to “gum up the works” is to make calls to Al-Queda operatives or maybe to a Hamas person in Gaza or something similar.

      • JeffreyFuller

        Yea, we can place calls to pizza hut in Yemen.

    • Chrissy the Hyphenated

      They’re not interested in terrorists. If they were, they’d have done something about the Boston Bombers. They’re listening to “racist code words” like “Constitution” and “Patriotism.”

  • http://facebook.com/metalchick007 Lisa Renee’ Jones

    Time to take back our Country!

  • RonzoL61

    Obama will find out about this the same way we did. By reading it in the paper!

  • carla5731

    If you’re a Verizon customer, call them and scream at their customer service team. Hit as many levels of management as possible by asking each person to escalate the call because you haven’t gotten a satisfactory answer.

    • Art Dunham

      Why? Isn’t Verizon the only Telephone Co to admit govt did this? We should thank Verizon for telling us what Big Bro and Big Sis are doing to us.

      • carla5731

        Verizon didn’t reveal this information, a British reporter did.

        • yestradamous

          Yeah, if you want to know what happening in the U.S. check out the British press. They have less vested interest in being professional pussies.

          • Pat R.

            Post the night!

          • William Henry Bowen

            Also, with this story the DOJ could jail a publisher in the US for revealing this court order. OBastard, Holder & the DOJ can’t do jack to a Brit publisher for revealing this “secret” document.

          • TheOriginalDonald

            More importantly, WHY isn’t Obummer suing the publisher? Could it be he can’t win and therefore can’t risk paying up the legal costs?

      • alldemsrloony

        Verizon was hiding it from their customers.

    • William Henry Bowen

      Carla, I intend to do EXACTLY that. I’ve been a Verizon customer since before the company was Verizon (GTE-Mobilnet).

      • carla5731

        Glad to hear it! They need to be held accountable and it would be great if phone calls about this issue made it difficult for them to get any other work done.

    • Zapp Brannigan

      My 2 year agreement is up at just the right time. Maybe I can weasel in on one of them Obummerphones..doubt they listen in on those


    HOLY CRAP!!!! Al Gore and I on the same page for once! Has anyone spotted flying pigs? Someone get a hold of Robert Byrd, and ask him if Satan issued him a pair of ice skates!

    • Marlo Miller Ricciardi

      I don’t think the national pig is flying out to Martha’s Vineyard until next week.

    • Joy

      I think hell just froze over!!!

    • Marjorie

      Just checked on my pot belly pig…he’s still grounded but making a valiant effort to become airborne. (Future Screaming Eagle?)

  • BanditZeroThree

    Me calling my wife on her Verizon cell phone to tell her I have our daughter, she is asleep in the back of the car and I am heading home now:

    Me: Momma Bear… Bandit Three, over.
    Her: Bandit Three..Momma Bear: Go
    Me: Momma Bear…Three: Be advised I have the puck.

    Her: Roger that Three…Confirming Bandit has the puck. Please advise if puck is condition Bravo or Condition Charlie?
    Me: Bear…Three, puck is Charlie, repeat, puck is Charlie
    Her; Roger that Three, standing by for hand off, advise when approaching marker; will pop smoke.
    Roger that Bear…Three inbound and standing by.

    • b_truit

      You’re smarter than me, I’ve been using pig Latin…

    • yestradamous

      Be careful, Obama will just send a drone your way.

  • native son

    Cell taps. They have an app for that…………

  • j w

    What Do Charles PONZI …. The Clintons, Mauros, Bushs, Keatings , Webster Hubble, Vince Foster, The MacDougals, Wade Real Estate and Qua Paw Title all have in Common with MERS and Don Bolles AND LOTS AND LOTS Of Looted Banks and S&Ls and Mortgage Programs all have IN COMMON ?????? https://sites.google.com/site/thegreattexasbankjob/Home/speculation-bubbles-and-crashes-looting-101?pli=1

    • yestradamous

      Yes, the Clinton’s are low life’s, however, your website is unreadable.

  • Herman LaClair

    “…o’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”

    • TocksNedlog

      “O’er the land of the plebes,
      Fly the drones of the state.”

  • John Donovan

    Obama just heard about this via Twitter…….(snicker)

  • Squirrel!

    Is this news? Massive data storage in Utah. AT&T is part of it as well as I am sure are all the other carriers. No leak yet out of anyone but Verizon, I guess. Your phone calls texts, emails & who knows what else are all being logged & stored.

    • Squirrel!

      I also understand they can listen to you through your phone even if it’s turned off. The battery has to be removed to prevent being overheard.

      • Michael Anderson (WB)

        Well that would depend on what the definition of “off” is I guess. If off shuts down the radio (yes a cell phone is a radio) then there can be no monitoring. If a cell phone does not shut down the radio then it’s not off in the sense that it’s saving the battery much.

        Most phones go into a low power mode that looks “off” when not in use, but the radio is still communicating with the tower, and the processor is still connected to the internet (on a smart phone).

        One way to tell if the phone is shutting down the radio is to note the battery percentage, turn the phone “off” for a day and then back on. If the battery percentage has decreased by more than 5 percent while “off” then the radio is still communicating, otherwise the radio was actually off.

        Now the argument could be made that the phone could merely be recording audio and storing it until it was turned back “on”, but the storage requirements could be quite extensive even for smart phones, additionally the processing to encode the stored audio in a compressed format would be enough to drain the battery again.

        In short, my expert opinion as someone who designs similar but more complex electronics, what you have heard is a hoax.

        • Squirrel!

          Wow, complex reply from you. :-) The reasn I used the word “understand” is because I did hear it and am unsure of how these things work. I sure wouldn’t want to profess to know for certain. Thanks for the detailed reply. Although, it doesn’t alleviate my concerns in this regard. Technlogy is sure complicated& I still will not doubt that something of this nature is possible. I have a mundane normal life but our gov’t is making me increasingly paranoid nonetheless.

          • Michael Anderson (WB)

            Yep, I don’t often get to talk to my expertise on political sites so I kind of went off. 😀

          • Michael Anderson (WB)

            Yep, I don’t often get to talk to my expertise on political sites so I kind of went off. 😀

  • Dennis Fitzpatrick

    Did the free “Obama phones” get targeted?

    • William Henry Bowen

      If they are on the Verizon network they would be.

      • Dave Suchy

        they kinda are…I believe its like Virgin….Verizon isnt the carrier, but theyre on the Verizon network

  • Duke Williams

    well, I guess we call all go back to banging rocks and making smoke signals……..LOLOL you wanted Obama…..now deal with the moron. I could care less because i don`t have or use cell phones…my generation survived just fine without them……..they are not a convenience, they are a nuisance. I see everybody walking down the street with their head looking and texting..24 hours a day…..what a horrible way to live……I`m glad I am free of them!!!!!!!! get more things done and enjoy life a lot more!!!!!

    • yestradamous

      Well, they are a convenience when you run out of gas on the busy freeway and you need your hubbie to come help! (Just happened to me)

  • LibertyDwells

    I get it now. There are no scandals when you believe you are the final authority of all things… http://libertydwells.com/showthread.php?16923-Al-Gore-is-Pissed-Off-or-The-Revelation-of-the-Revolution

    • TocksNedlog

      When everything you do is right, then nothing is ever, ever wrong.


  • Jeff Farrar

    So? With all these scandles. Why is this turd still in office?

    • TocksNedlog

      Because his scandles are scented.

      • Marjorie

        Loved that…clever!

      • kenai

        Eau de Excrement

  • Clayton Grant

    Tourè was quick to tweet: “Those racist Verizon customers had it coming!”

    • TocksNedlog

      They never asked “Can you hear me now?” while walking through the hood, now, did they . . . ?

    • Marjorie

      Wasn’t that McDermott?

  • tops116

    Meanwhile, monitoring of suspected terrorists has been discontinued because Obama deemed it offensive.

    • ked5

      i thought the war on terror was over?

  • marylou45

    I have a feeling Verizons not the only one but just the tip of the Iceberg.

  • Marvin Nelson

    Hey, all you libtard morons who voted for Obummer-thanks a pant load. This country is on the fast track to socialism and if we don’t do something soon, we will all be f$cked.

  • William Henry Bowen

    Just proves that old saw that “even a blind squirrel sometimes finds a nut”. Al may be a nutcase, but on this one I’m 1000% in his corner. Both as an American and a Verizon customer, this offends and disgusts me. Verizon is going to hear an earful from me about this.

    BTW, the Guardian has a complete copy of the 4 page court order on its web site – I downloaded and saved a copy.What is really sad about this is that the Judge is a Reagan appointee that Bush 43 appointed to the FISA Court.

    • TocksNedlog

      Tyranny knows no party — it knows only power.

      • vetgal1970

        Thank YOU! I have grown weary of hearing “But he/she was a Bush appointee” as though that somehow excuses the people CURRENTLY charged with upholding and defending our Constitutional Rights.

  • ramubay

    As long as there is a CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and NBC the news will be suppressed. FOX is doing a good job covering the scandals but they are only one voice and many still aren’t listening. Some good news is that Wolf Blitzer is on the way out, unfortunately its not because of his refusal to criticize Obama, its because CNN is dumping all their old reporters for younger, sexier ones. Maybe they have the right idea, the last person on CNN that I respected was Erica Hill.

    • Squirrel!

      Well, apparently we have to look to the UK for what’s happening here at home. Let’s see when/if our media catch up.

  • Craig Jacobs

    Bush lied, people died. #DontLookOverHere

    • Dave Suchy

      Obama lied too, and people died too….got a point?

      • C.r. Childers

        That one went over your head eh?

    • RJ

      Nice try at deflection. Troll

    • Clete Torres

      0bama let 4 brave Americans die while he slept, in preparation for another campaign fund raiser. Two STAND DOWN orders given. First US Ambassador killed since the liberal’s other hero, Jimmy Carter, occupied the Oval office.

      I’d say that trumps the worn-out ‘it’s Bush’s fault’ meme.

      • Craig Jacobs

        I’m sorry that you don’t get it. I really didn’t think that in addition to the hash-tag I needed to add a /s tag.

        • Clete Torres

          Who said I didn’t get it? I was expanding on your idea.
          And, that’s ‘Hedley.’

      • Craig Jacobs

        I’m sorry that you don’t get it. I really didn’t think that in addition to the hash-tag I needed to add a /s tag.

      • Craig Jacobs

        I’m sorry. I read your comment before my coffee and I had a wicked sinus headache. mea culpa. Now, where’s my froggy?

        • Clete Torres

          No problem, Craig. I had one of those today too, so I may not have been completely…coherent…in some of my postings this morning. Feel better!

          Taggart! Get in here!

    • Craig Jacobs

      Is anyone on this page anywhere near current on the use of hash tags and internet memes? And I thought I was old and out of touch.

    • Craig Jacobs

      Is anyone on this page anywhere near current on the use of hash tags and internet memes? And I thought I was old and out of touch.

  • TocksNedlog

    Can you hear me now, Big Brother?

    Yeah? Then listen to this: GO TAKE A FLYING F*CK AT THE MOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!!!!!!!

  • McCabe

    One good thing is all of us that still have stupid phones have less information out there to be collected by big brother.

  • 1911HeadBanger

    Screw Al Whore and his supposed outrage. He helped to escort this crap in as well as anyone. He’s nothing but a Socialist who backed the Wonder Boy in the Whitehouse. So suck it up Al. Maybe they are looking at your records too. Like all of those Millions you made off of Global Whinning.

  • Farleyagain

    NOW he wants to hear us?

  • Dennis O’Toole

    Should have believed OBama when he said he was a MARXIST while attending Occidental Colllege.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Devon-Dibley-His-Golden-Key/dp/1484181557/ M F Scotto

    CNN headline at the moment: Obama shuffles staff, annoys GOP

    I kid you not.

    • mickeyco

      Keep your blood pressure down, MF. Don’t turn on CNN & MSNBC. Your body will thank you.

  • TomJB

    Only a violation of executive order 12333 which is hammered into every sigint analyst over and over and over. To break it the order could have come from one person and one person only

  • yacope

    LilMissAuditThis said it best: “Also, what the actual f*ck?” As a Verizon costumer I am NOT HAPPY AT ALL!

  • rickg62

    Does anybody notice that we are made privy to a lot of information such as this through the British press rather than our own?

    • yacope

      oh no, I’ve been checking out UK news for OURS for the longest time…this is so screwed up.

      • Bud-Kathy Jones

        Even Moscow radio is more reliable. Now what doe that tell us ?

    • DizzyMissL

      That is the first place I look for real news these days.

  • DizzyMissL

    Gore must have Verizon.


    On another note. If the feds have been monitoring my calls to my wife, they have gone through a lot of happy socks! If they’re going to do it, make them pay!

  • chetnapier

    he could be afraid that they have recorded calls that prove global warming fraud

  • Semper Fi

    I forwarded this story to Adolf Obama, just so he would be “aware.”

  • nickshaw

    Fox News has just changed their slogan from “Fair And Balanced” to “We Told You So!”—Jay Leno.
    He made a joke but, I suggest they really do it! 😉

  • HARP2

    I`m sure Barry will be outraged when he hears this on the Jon Stewart show.
    More people will end up taking paid suspensions and republicans will continue gazing at their navels.

  • Batman

    What’s new? Why don’t I care anymore? Oh, yeah…that’s right. Because none of our politicians have the guts to do anything about this…which leaves us one option…but not yet.

  • Batman

    P.S. Aren’t we glad Susan Rice is now head of the NSA? How comforting.

    • vetgal1970

      First thought “Do I have any videos on my phone?” 😉

    • Clete Torres

      Negative, sir. She’s the National Security Advisor (also called Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs or ANPSA), not Director of the National Security Agency (DIRNSA).

      • Batman

        yeah…i thought i had confused that. thanks for the correction

  • John Fryman

    Anyone wanna bet that the sheeple will STILL let this country keep going this to them?!

  • Expat61

    Anybody else hear the sound of jack booted thugs? Positively Orwellian.

  • William

    Another Eric Holder “I don’t know” event. I know nothing but I’ll look into it personally. Move on.

  • Duncan Idaho

    Algore expressing outrage over this? If it’s called Clipper Chip he might not be so outraged.

  • Zefal

    The important question in all this, is will Republicans try to pin this on obama, and will they be able to convince Americans they aren’t playing politics with national security?

  • Fiala

    This will be the first obama has heard of it. Let me guess. He’ll be outraged. He’ll demand an investigation. He’ll want to get to the bottom of it.

    • Grumpycarguy

      Yah- he probably just read about it this morning over his waffle.

  • maineman65

    Someone compared Obama to Osama. Don’t. Osama only wanted to destroy the US while Barry is actually doing it

  • Stevon f. Nutt

    Of course Al is upset. they could actually catch him talking to his Muslim buddies!

    • ked5

      i thought his buddies were red chinese

  • http://twitter.com/starwarsfan107 Hayekguy

    A rare moment where I give props to Al Gore on something.

  • Just Another Guy

    Between this and Google handing over everything, I’m guessing that the NSA has the world’s largest storehouse of porn.
    Maybe even “climate change” porn that Al wanted to keep for himself.

  • LightSabre

    So, Verizon was a Republican donor or what?

    • Duane Savage

      If not, they will find out who was talking to the GoP.

      2014 elections are right around the corner. It has begun!!

  • michael s

    I wonder who was vice president during 1993-2001 with Echelon ?.When the NY Times was more supportive of phone surveillance,under the Clinton administration,who was vice president? Was it obscenely outrageous during 93-01?

    • JR48

      Yup, it started under his adminstration with emails. Obama just doubles down and thumbs his nose.

      • michael s


      • michael s


  • http://www.theretiredbabyboomer.net/ Dave

    It’s apparent now if it wasn’t before….Obama views Americans as the enemy, not


  • Jeff Lagemann

    When Al Gore if flipping out you know that the Obama Admin is way off the reservation

  • Rich

    Who ever did this is in for a cabinet post. What no global warming link Al?

  • Steve_J

    He still hasn’t noticed the tracking device attached to his back via harpoon?

  • Clete Torres

    “I didn’t invent the internet so that the US Government could spy on it’s citizens…(wink, wink).

  • Duane Savage

    Someone’s getting promoted for this one!

  • ECnTX

    I’m wondering: Is Verizon the company that distributes “Obama-phones”? If so, the only thing to say (aside from the obvious abuse of power) is, “You dance with the devil, you must sleep with the devil”.

  • PeteRFNY

    If they’ve been monitoring MY phone calls, their ears must be bleeding by now.

  • eeddggy

    This is bass ackward. The American people should be tracking our politicians not the other way around.

  • Clayton Grant

    Hey low information voters; Can you hear us now?

  • © Sponge

    Every Verizon customer should answer their phone with “Fuck Obama, Hello?” The IRS may be contacting you shortly, though.

    • $1014973

      I like that.

  • BeeKaaay

    Aww, what a phony. Leftwingwackos love big government, and this is a natural result of big government = no privacy, no human rights, no 4th amendment.

  • DrSamHerman

    He is upset because he thinks the DNC should be bugging phones and listening in on private conversations–not the government.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    When whatever you’re doing makes Al Gore look conservative, you have really really really fucked up.

  • Chas C-Q

    Wasn’t the Clipper Chip Algore’s baby in the Clinton WH?

  • http://twitter.com/waltercwy waltercwy

    The saddest part about this whole thing for me is that we heard about it from a British news rag.

  • Roto

    Uck oh…. maybe Algore has some calls to Al Jazeera on his verizon phone

  • Noneya

    Send Verizon a message and cancel the phone today.

  • Dane Gunderson

    Al Gore & Bill Clinton tried to require cell phone manufacturers to include a chip to enable NSA to listen in… so… #HypocriteMuch

  • Right Wired

    All those he made to al qaeda.err..al jazeera when he sold Current TV to terrorists were probably monitored.

  • Right Wired

    All those he made to al qaeda.err..al jazeera when he sold Current TV to terrorists were probably monitored.

  • chrissy

    Verizon………….when keeping in touch is important.

  • Bernice Herrera Moore

    Verizon= Obama-phone.

  • Misanthrope

    Well, Al, your carbon footprint’s obscene, too.

  • SmallishBees

    Now that Al Gore has his Qatari F-U money, he can say anything he pleases.

  • Jerry Camp

    Obama said earlier that ‘no one is listening in to your massage sessions.’ Al Jr, relieved, slinks back to his table at the Sizzler.

  • Ronald

    I agree with Gore.

  • Lone Rider

    Its not just verizon…keep telling ourselves we are safe…we are not…even this crap is getting looked at…if everyone is safe, no one is safe

  • alldemsrloony

    yeah, Gore’s outraged, because it will soon be discovered that this has been going on back to the time he was Vice President. It didn’t just start with the Patriot Act.

  • ked5

    law has never stopped obozo from trying what he wants to do. I was at a very small gathering with two house members. thewon has entire teams of lawyers doing nothing but looking for loopholes in the law to get around congress, and do what he wants.

  • arttie

    SARC on/ We the people are the gov. Therefore everything is now transparent./ Sarc off