Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sanctions for the NSA; A Free Pass for Iran

By Jim McFarlin

It was an amazing global sleight of hand that would make even David Copperfield proud.

On January 17, 2014, President Barack Obama levied sanctions in the name of reform on the very U.S. agency that seeks to preserve the freedoms Americans rightly expect. Meanwhile, the nation’s attention was diverted from the easing of sanctions on a nation that would just as soon see those freedoms destroyed.

In an ironic fate of timing, this parlor trick occurred just as the real significance of the criminal hacking of credit card information from Target stores and other U.S. retailers was seeping into our consciousness: in the battlefield of cyberspace, America’s critical infrastructures are not defended. Our financial information are not safe, and our way of life is not secure. The Target attack publicly demonstrated that attacks such as this can be accomplished quickly and quietly, typically with fake or misleading identities.

The heart of this presidential illusion was to make sanctions appear to be reforms. Here is the essence of what was proposed: