At his press conference at the weekend President Obama promised "appropriate reforms" to the domestic surveillance carried out by the NSA. He also used the term "safeguards against abuse" but it is crystal clear that he does not intend any dismantling of the apparatus that has come under such criticism since Edward Snowden's revelations. In fact Obama's track record on truthfulness is so patchy (along with almost all administration apologists) that we cannot have any trust in even the weak promises that he made. The sad fact is that Obama is a liar, just one of many in the US government.
His hypocrisy is mind-blowing. The extraordinary claim that his administration would eventually have gotten round to reining in the NSA is pathetic in the light of the over 10 year abuses that have gone unchecked until the public was eventually enlightened. And let us never forget that this enlightenment came from a man who is being pursued by the authorities as a criminal.
Mr Obama: you should be ashamed of yourself. Not only for such dissembling but also for thinking that you retain any credibility at all.