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June 06, 2013

This Is Just Too Damn Perfect

Josh Earnest, White House Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary, read a prepared statement to the press aboard a flight regarding the Verizon/NSA news that broke last night.

There is a robust legal regime in place governing all activities conducted pursuant to the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act. That regime has been briefed to and approved by the court. And activities authorized under the Act are subject to strict controls and procedures under oversight of the Department of Justice, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the FISA Court to ensure that they comply with the Constitution and the laws of the United States, and appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties.

FISA, of course, stands for FOREIGN Intelligence Surveillance Act. Not Federal. There's a world of difference.

Just a slip of the tongue? Sean Davis asks if we could perhaps see a transcript of that statement just to make sure.

[Update]: It appears the New York Times does not have Obama's back this time. (h/t @RBPundit)

[Update 2]: Nope. Not a slip of the tongue. It's on the official White House transcript. (h/t Commenter "Baldy")

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