Were 2009 Team Obama Resignations Caused by NSA Spying on Americans?

By Peter Andrew – ConservativeAmerican.org

Did Melissa Hathaway and Susan Crawford quit team Obama because they were uncomfortable with his plans to use the NSA to spy on American citizens?

My daughter has a children’s book about cows where one of the cows is asked, “Have you been thinking again?”  The cow replies, “It was only a small think.”  I had a small think today about President Obama’s technology advisers.

Looking over earlier scandals from the Obama Administration, I came to these two:

#597. – Obama’s Cyber Security Czar Quits! Appointment Scandal # 59 – Melissa Hathaway 8/4/9 The Wall Street Journal: “The resignation highlights the difficulty the White House has had following through on its cybersecurity effort. President Barack Obama first outlined his cybersecurity plans in a high-profile speech May 29, announcing his intention to create a top White House cybersecurity post — a position he has yet to fill. Melissa Hathaway, who completed the Obama administration’s cybersecurity review in April, said in an interview that she was leaving for personal reasons. “It’s time to pass the torch,” she said, adding that she and her colleagues have provided an “initial down payment for what’s needed to start to address cybersecurity.” In the past year, intelligence officials have grown increasingly concerned about Chinese and Russian cyberspies surveilling U.S. infrastructure and military networks. People familiar with the matter said Ms. Hathaway has been “spinning her wheels” in the White House, where the president’s economic advisers sought to marginalize her politically.” – ConservativeAmerican.org asks how it can be “time to pass the torch,” when she just got there?!

#598. – Obama’s Technology Policy Adviser Quits! Appointment Scandal # 60 – Susan Crawford 8/4/9 Big Government reports Obama may be back-tracking on his so-called “Net-Nuetrality” position. “Crawford…is a strong proponent of net neutrality, which critics have charged would amount to a government takeover of the internet. The policy has been the focus of widespread, bipartisan opposition in recent weeks, emanating from everyone from internet service providers to liberal-aligned groups and elected Democrats at the state and federal level. Crawford’s resignation attracted little attention when the American Spectator noted it on Monday…But observers say…Crawford ran afoul of White House economic adviser Larry Summers, who sources say may be concerned about the political impact of net neutrality. In its write-up, the Spectator noted that: “[Summers] and other senior Obama officials were unaware of how radical the draft Net Neutrality regulations were when they were initially internally circulated to Obama administration officials several weeks ago. ‘All of sudden Larry is getting calls from CEOs, Wall Street folks he talks to, Republicans and Democrats, asking him what the Administration is doing with the policies, and he isn’t sure what they’re talking about,’ says one White House aide. ‘He felt blind-sided, and Susan was one of those people who heard about it.’”

Reasons were given at the time for the departure of each of these women.  Were they the true reasons?  I’m just wondering if Melissa Hathaway learned some things she was simply not comfortable with (like NSA spying on Obama enemies and American citizens) and decided to quit.  If so, it would answer our question of how could it be time to pass the torch when she just got there.

As for Crawford, does it really make sense that a technology adviser was asked to leave because she upset the sleeping Larry Summers? It certainly could be the true reason she left.  After all, Crawford was reportedly all for the government taking control of the internet through “net neutrality.”  However, she may also have simply learned some things that even she was not comfortable with.  I’m just wondering.

Hey, it was only a ‘small think.’

What do you think?


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