This week, Fox News host Tucker Carlson revealed information that suggests the Biden administration is spying on his show.
Citing evidence from a whistleblower, Carlson said the NSA was monitoring his staff’s communications. The goal was to leak information to the public that would shut down his popular news show.
Carlson’s claims held weight, when he said the whistleblower was able to quote back to him information on an upcoming story his staff was working on. Naturally, the Internet exploded, as people called for answers from the Biden administration and the NSA.
Sure, the conservative Carlson has been a thorn in the left’s side. But would Biden break the law to get his show canceled? White House press secretary was asked about this bombshell. Of course, she refused to answer.
“Is the administration aware of any espionage or listening efforts on U.S. citizens by the NSA, and is Tucker Carlson one of them?”
“Well, the NSA, as I think you’re well aware — I’m not sure everyone is aware — everyone on this plane is aware, I should say — is an entity that focuses on foreign threats and individuals who are trying — attempting to do us harm on foreign soil,” Psaki responded. “So, that is the — their purview. But beyond that, I would point you to the intelligence community.” [Source: Daily Wire]
Wow. I mean, I knew Psaki was bad at her job. But to not even remotely address this serious question was really pathetic. All she did was say the NSA “focuses” on foreign threats. She didn’t even bother denying that the NSA was spying on Carlson. All she had to say was “no.” Instead she gives yet another roundabout answer that says nothing.
This is a pretty serious situation. One that warrants a response from the White House itself. Yet the administration’s spokesperson is too incompetent to either find out the answers herself or give a straight one to reporters.
The NSA later weighed in on the situation. While they were less vague than Psaki, they were no less dishonest.
“On June 28, 2021, Tucker Carlson alleged that the National Security Agency has been ‘monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air,’” the agency said in a statement. “This allegation is untrue. Tucker Carlson has never been an intelligence target of the Agency and the NSA has never had any plans to try to take his program off the air.”
“NSA has a foreign intelligence mission. We target foreign powers to generate insights on foreign activities that could harm the United States,” the statement added. “With limited exceptions (e.g. an emergency), NSA may not target a US citizen without a court order that explicitly authorizes the targeting.” [Source: Daily Wire]
It sounds like the NSA is denying they are spying on Carlson. But notice how carefully crafted their statement is.
They said Carlson has never been a “target” of the agency. What does that mean? They didn’t say they weren’t monitoring his staff’s communications. Or perhaps Carlson’s not the target, but his show (or another staffer) is? They also claim the NSA “has never” planned to try to cancel his show. But maybe the White House (or some other agency) did?
The fact that neither the NSA nor the White House can give a straight answer about this situation is troubling. Even rumors that the federal government is spying on a citizen over politics should concern every American.
Don’t expect this story to go away anytime soon.
Author: Pete Jones