“We can do anything. And there’s literally nothing you can do about any of it. We’re in charge, and you’re not.”
Tucker Carlson revealed on Monday night that a whistleblower at the NSA told him the agency is spying on his electronic communications.
The NSA denied the accusation. It’s a vague denial.
A statement from NSA regarding recent allegations: pic.twitter.com/vduE6l6YWg
— NSA/CSS (@NSAGov) June 30, 2021
Tucker pointed out the NSA did not deny the specific allegations. Remember, Carlson said the whistleblower repeated to him communications only someone with access to his emails or texts would know.
From Fox News:
However, Carlson said the statement did not directly address what he was asking when his team attempted to get an answer from [NSA Director Gen. Paul] Nakasone.
“Last night on this show we made a very straightforward claim: NSA has read my private emails without my permission. Period. Tonight’s statement does not deny that,” Carlson said.
Carlson called Nakasone a “highly-political left-wing four-star general,” and recounted that an NSA receptionist refused to connect his team to Nakasone’s office during a call on Tuesday morning.
The host added that “Tucker Carlson Tonight” tried again in the afternoon using a direct line, remarking that, “Nakasone’s assistant seemed shocked that someone whose email the NSA is reading would dare to call the director himself.”
“Shut up, citizen. Obey,” he remarked in characterizing the dynamic. “They claimed Nakasone wasn’t there.”
Then Carlson described another confrontation with the NSA:
“Did the Biden administration read my emails? NSA officials refuse to say,” Carlson said. “In a very heated follow-up conversation 20 minutes ago, they refused even to explain why they won’t answer that simple question.”
The message NSA was sending him, he said: “We can do whatever we want.”
“We can read your personal texts and emails. We can send veiled threats your way to brush you back if we don’t like your politics. We can do anything. And there’s literally nothing you can do about any of it. We’re in charge, and you’re not.”
“Orwellian doesn’t begin to describe the experience,” Carlson described.
Carlson added that the American people writ large will likely have to get used what he characterized as the federal government targeting dissidents ala China, noting that earlier this month, President Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland “classified tens of millions of patriotic Americans as potential domestic terrorists [and] White supremacist saboteurs.”
“We’re going to see a whole lot more of this.”
Press Secretary Jen Psaki provided a generic response when asked about Carlson’s allegations:
“The Biden Administration, for its part, ignored the story. They did not deny it. They can’t. They know it’s true. Today, the president’s flack was asked it on Air Force One,” he said.
“The NSA has, I think you are well aware, everyone’s aware, everyone on this plane is aware, I should say, is an entity that focuses on foreign threats and individuals who are attempting to do us harm on foreign soil. So that is their purview. But beyond that I would point you to the intelligence community,” Psaki said earlier Tuesday in response to a reporter’s question about Carlson’s allegation.
“Notice once again, no denial,” Carlson said in response. “She’s right that the NSA is chartered to spy on foreigners, not Americans. But it does spy on Americans, millions of them, sometimes for political reasons, and everyone knows it. In Washington, this is considered fine, but it’s not. It’s dangerous and wrong.”
“Some faceless hack in a powerful government agency decides he doesn’t like what you think, so he’s going to hurt you and there’s nothing you can do about it? That could happen to you. And when it does — trust us — NBC News will call you a delusional Q-Anon conspiracy theorist for complaining about it.”
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