To the delight of White House detractors everywhere, a soon-to-be-viral single-topic Tumblr was launched on Saturday mocking President Barack Obama's involvement in the National Security Agency's controversial spying program.
The photo-driven blog, obamaischeckingyouremail.tumblr.com, showcases out-of-context press images of an often gleeful Obama—taken from Flickr, the web and elsewhere—looking at various computer screens and "checking your email."
On Friday, Obama defended the NSA program on grounds that Americans must tolerate what he dismissed as "modest encroachments on privacy" in the name of security.
Obama assured citizens that "nobody is listening to your phone calls" in the broad NSA phone sweep, and that the reported Internet-based surveillance does not apply to U.S. citizens.
"The NSA does not voyeuristically pore through U.S. citizens' e-mails," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the National Journal the same day. "I stand by that."
But in an interview published on Sunday, Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old defense contractor who blew the whistle on the NSA program, told the Guardian newspaper "the NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife's phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.
"I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things," he continued. "I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under."