“They’re Watching You”: Obama Admin Spies on Parents at D.C. Area School Meetings
The Obama administration spies on parents at D.C. area school sports gatherings to monitor potential contacts between reporters and intelligence officials, according to a claim in an article by the Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove, How Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Became Media Control Freaks.
The article by Grove details Orwellian control of government information and official contacts with the press by the Obama administration—even monitoring casual run-ins at school events.
While the Obama administration’s war on leakers is well documented to exceed Nixonian levels of paranoia (albeit Nixon’s was justified), one detail in Grove’s article is chilling in that it is reminiscent of how the Soviet Union monitored its citizens everyday lives for signs of dissent.
The story comes from Lucy Dalglish, whom Grove describes as, “…longtime media lawyer Lucy Dalglish, dean of the University of Maryland’s Phillip Merrill College of Journalism and former executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.”
Dalglish told Grove:
“In another instance, Dalglish said members of the intelligence community are required to file reports on even their most casual encounters with University of Maryland professor Dana Priest, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former Washington Post reporter who specializes in national security issues.
““Every time they see her they have to report it,” Dalglish said. “She was telling me that there was a meeting of the crew team of her daughter’s school, and there was a parent, the father of another kid, who works for one of the intelligence agencies. And he just came up to her and said, ‘Just so you know, every time I see you, I have to report that I saw you. I’m not trying to be rude, but they’re watching.’ ” Priest didn’t respond to email and voicemail messages from The Daily Beast. “
Dalglish also told Grove the Obama admin has barred government scientists from speaking to reporters:
““For instance, journalists can’t talk without pre-approval to any of the scientists at a scientific agency, whether it be NASA, the National Institutes of Health or the National Weather Service,” she said. “They’re cracking down on their experts, not allowing their actual scientists to speak to reporters. They make you go through ‘information specialists’ who translate the scientists for you. I’m sorry, but that’s insulting, unnecessary, and exhibits the mindset of a terrified control freak.””
Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama.