Does Obama know what “transparent” means?
Obama defended the programs by noting that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court has to approve all targeting. But when Rose pointed out that court approves over 99.99 percent of all requests from the government, and asked if it should be more open to the public, Obama replied, “It is transparent. That’s why we set up the FISA court.”
As the Electronic Frontier Foundation notes, “The FISA court, by its nature, is the opposite of transparent. In fact, it’s hard to imagine how the FISA court could be more secretive.”