Obama administration spied on Israel, Congress
WSJ relates that after the embarrassing Snowden revelations of U.S. spying on Western allies such as Germany and France, the White House announced that such eavesdropping would stop. But when it came to Israel, NSA surveillance continued, even when it was clear that such eavesdropping included the contents of conversations with U.S. lawmakers and Jewish activists.
What is troubling about these revelations is how the process was managed from the White House.
Sure, there can be exceptions and moments when the rules must be suspended briefly for national-security reasons. But the pattern of capturing allies' internal communications, the communications of senators and congressmen and women, and the speech and emails of Americans engaged in politics is what we see in the new revelations about Obama-era spying. The administration faced a battle in Congress, and it spied on the other side. That's the kind of conduct we see in third-world countries where control of the spy agency is one of the ways an incumbent regime holds on to power and defeats its political opponents. It ought to be a major scandal when such practices reach the United States.