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-- joining us now for more on the national security -- agencies.
Prism program man that he.
Collection of records from Verizon our customers Fox News -- politics senator Crist -- -- Stephen Hayes senior writer for the weekly standard.
Fox News contributor gentlemen thanks for being here Stephen let me begin with you.
This report this exclusive report from very.
The Washington Post to be clear we all knew about what was breaking -- crosses.
-- all day long.
We knew seven years ago USA today amongst other news organizations reporting the collection -- so called meta data.
This Washington Post story is quite different dealing with -- -- -- service providers.
Yeah I think you're exactly right -- the proper distinction -- and in some ways that at least near my first two reads of this story about this new prism.
Programmer this prison program that has been in existence but we're first learning about it seems to be -- magnitudes of order.
More significant than the Verizon store that as you say we've been talking about all the time.
Because it appears to if you read the -- he's closely it appears to be getting into content.
Rather than just collecting and analyzing meta data sort of meta data that's cold and from numerical and you can you see patterns emerge.
If you go through it and analyze it this it looks like.
Is require extra eyes on analysis of actual content -- actual communications.
Which we will not see we were not listening in to these.
Conversations in that case of Verizon and these other riders.
It's it's remarkable and all I can say about politics is this.
It's always true that when it rains it pours.
I've never seen a president have a six months this heinous.
To start a second term I can't imagine how this could get much worse for the president.
But I said that yesterday.
I said that when the Verizon story came out and now even before the day is done the next thing comes out.
A president who owes his election and reelection in large part.
To his stature as a civil libertarian.
A guy who was able to rally the democratic base against George W.
Bush is doing stuff that today prompted the New York Times to say.
That the administration has lost all credibility this is a disaster.
Repeating we're Crist are all just said that's the New York Times saying that this president has lost all credibility.
And irony within ironies it is of course Google and FaceBook that were principal.
Allies of this president and his reelection campaign -- his original campaign to take the office.
They have been political partners and are becoming increasingly.
In -- political.
-- and activity if you will.
But let's turn if I may two to the Internal Revenue Service.
A statement this.
This is -- just tawdry.
Our performance by the Internal Revenue Service I could find it is disgusting.
-- -- official after official whether they're talking about this lavish spending.
The utter corruption the political corruption in the organization.
Of the management of the Internal Revenue Service now we know blaming.
People Stephen Miller -- initially saying the number it was something like two -- gone -- in Cincinnati.
It's just monstrous lie and yet.
Disturbing revelation one after the other.
-- we ought to be clear about one thing if there were really just to.
Rogue individuals low level individuals operating out of Cincinnati office.
Who were responsible for this we would know their names and they would be in deep trouble they could be in jail right now and they're not so we know what wasn't that.
I think mr.
-- today in his testimony as depicted in the Mike Emanuel.
Package earlier tonight may have gotten himself in some real hot water and he seemed to -- to be claiming.
He didn't know anything about how expensive this four point one million dollar expenditure was and it was pointed out to him that he had in fact signed an estimate.
Of them out of the costs that was four point three.
Million dollars so either he knew about it or he didn't know about it and as you say Lou.
This is one in this -- a cascading series.
And lies that we've gone from IRS officials and frankly members the Obama administration.
About this particular -- And now we have.
Chris the the president if you will closing ranks.
Samantha Power to the United Nations post ambassador's post.
And are held by Susan Rice Susan Rice to his national security.
Advisor not requiring confirmation.
This is this is a if I've ever seen a more radical national security team.
I I certainly can't even imagine who it would be.
Well I do know that the chances of us bombing stuff and Syria has gone way up.
A western intervention in Syria is much more likely this is a signal.
That -- that the interventionist approach that was taken and Libya.
Very likely now to to be put forward in Syria there has been by some definitions of genocide there -- -- that Samantha powers.
That's -- portfolio she's spent her life talking about her professional -- -- about how.
The west and America in particular should use its power to intervene in these moments for -- and elsewhere.
So she wants it Susan Rice is very much that way she's very hawkish on that stuff.
So yeah I think we can expect to see more of that from this administration.
My -- for star Walt Steve did not want her through -- use that word I did yeah.
-- When you have -- the things that have been written and said.
By Samantha Power.
It is it is -- -- that there is not more of an outcry particularly as she moves toward taking up that post at the United Nations widget that -- -- -- that.
Every -- -- bad one point argued for a sort of policy of US Mia culpa.
Around the world and and frankly I think we saw that in so many ways.
In the president's earliest months look I I I'm not sure that we will see the kind of dramatic turn.
That my colleague -- -- -- suggest I think he's he has very good grounds for suspecting that we might.
But I believe President Obama is driving a strain it and I think -- -- -- certainly hear arguments from Susan Rice and from Samantha Power that we should take.
A more activist and more interventionist role but -- used to -- he's made very clear over the first four and a half years.
And he wants to reduce the United States footprint that we won't be projecting our values in the way that we certainly get under George W.
Bush and arguably under Bill Clinton.
-- -- what we will do from now on we will not even after referred -- -- role we will just uniformly referred to him as our colleague but I think.
Yeah yeah we appreciate your crystal ball that's given any of that --
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