If people didn’t know that President Obama wasn’t aware that OTHER countries spy on him…..
The New York Times is out with a piece that illustrates how the President of the United States travels with a ‘secure tent’ to cut out other countries doing what we do….
photo….Pete Souza/White House
President Obama discussing Libya inside his security tent during a trip to Rio de Janeiro in 2011.
When President Obama travels abroad, his staff packs briefing books, gifts for foreign leaders and something more closely associated with camping than diplomacy: a tent.
Even when Mr. Obama travels to allied nations, aides quickly set up the security tent — which has opaque sides and noise-making devices inside — in a room near his hotel suite. When the president needs to read a classified document or have a sensitive conversation, he ducks into the tent to shield himself from secret video cameras and listening devices.
American security officials demand that their bosses — not just the president, but members of Congress, diplomats, policy makers and military officers — take such precautions when traveling abroad because it is widely acknowledged that their hosts often have no qualms about snooping on their guests.
The United States has come under withering criticism in recent weeks about revelations that the National Security Agency listened in on allied leaders like Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. A panel created by Mr. Obama in August to review that practice, among other things, is scheduled to submit a preliminary report this week and a final report by the middle of next month. But American officials assume — and can cite evidence — that they get the same treatment when they travel abroad, even from European Union allies.
“No matter where you are, we are a target these days,” said R. James Woolsey Jr., the director of central intelligence during the Clinton administration. “No matter where we go, countries like China, Russia and much of the Arab world have assets and are trying to spy on us so you have to think about that and take as many precautions as possible.”
On a trip to Latin America in 2011, for example, a White House photo showed Mr. Obama talking from a security tent in a Rio de Janeiro hotel suite with Hillary Rodham Clinton, then the secretary of state, and Robert M. Gates, the defense secretary at the time, about the air war against Libya that had been launched the previous day. Another photo, taken three days later in San Salvador, showed him conferring from the tent with advisers about the attack…..
You DO notice that the piece describes evens from several years involving the ‘secure tent’ which one leds one to deduce that the traveling press with the President has been well aware of this….
Of course, if the American traveling media is aware of this?
So is EVERY country that this tent has been used in…..
I wonder how many OTHER tents there are set up when the heads of state get together for the
I guess the ‘secure tent’ isn’t ‘top secret’ anymore, eh?
And the tents and similar means are common for ALL senior American officials traveling….
This story HAD to leaked to pour water on all the noise foreign leaders had been making over NSA spying in the last few weeks, after Snowden spilled the beans on the extent of the NSA program….
More push back has come in the form of leaks that Brazil (whose President get hot) actually spies just like the NSA on visiting diplomates…and the Germans came to Washington to complain about US programs AND ask for MORE info like they HAVE been receiving …..