U.S. person? – MT @whitehouse: If you are a U.S. person, the NSA cannot listen to your telephone calls & the NSA cannot target your emails
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) June 18, 2013
Yep, another term sacrificed on the oh-so-inclusive altar of progressive Newspeak. So … what, pray tell, is a “U.S. person” anyway? It must mean something since President Citizen of the World said it more than once during the interview with Charlie Rose.
What I can say unequivocally is that if you are a U.S. person, the NSA cannot listen to your telephone calls, and the NSA cannot target your emails … and have not. They cannot and have not, by law and by rule, and unless they — and usually it wouldn’t be “they,” it’d be the FBI — go to a court, and obtain a warrant, and seek probable cause, the same way it’s always been, the same way when we were growing up and we were watching movies, you want to go set up a wiretap, you got to go to a judge, show probable cause….
So point number one, if you’re a U.S. person, then NSA is not listening to your phone calls and it’s not targeting your emails unless it’s getting an individualized court order. That’s the existing rule.
Got that, U.S. persons?
@whitehouse what is a "U.S. Person"?
— Bryan Tripoli (@BryanTripoli) June 18, 2013
Is a “U.S. person” an American? A catchall that includes undocumented Democrats? (Shout-out to the “Dreamers!”)
@whitehouse A U.S. person? You mean an American?
— Jim Wilhelm (@BreakingNewzman) June 18, 2013
But American just sounds so imperialistic and exclusive, dontcha think? No?
@whitehouse did you forget citizen is a word? "A U.S. person" what
— Reverse HellenKeller (@plerer) June 18, 2013
What, precisely, Mr. Obama, is a "a U.S. person"? Why can't you say the word "citizen"? #obama
— Ed (@DreadPirateEd) June 18, 2013
@whitehouse "a U.S. person" – what does that mean precisely? A citizen? An English-speaker who lives in the US? Seems sorta vague?
— Claire Brantley (@jclaireb) June 18, 2013
Up next: USian. We wish we were kidding.
For those wondering how the NSA defines “U.S. person”:
Federal law and executive order define a U.S. Person as:
a. a citizen of the United States;
b. an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence;
c. an unincorporated association with a substantial number of members who are citizens of the U.S. or are aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence; or,
d. a corporation that is incorporated in the U.S.
Heh. So Obama’s saying corporations are people? Someone get the Soros monkeys on this!