HOT BLAST: A conspiracy in the making?
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The National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
The National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
File this under nominees for tongue-in-cheek conspiracy theories.

We start with an AP story on a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday

Opponents of the National Security Agency's collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records insist they will press ahead with their challenge to the massive surveillance program after a narrow defeat in the House.

Furious lobbying and last-minute pleas to lawmakers ensured victory for the Obama administration as the House voted 217-205 Wednesday to spare the NSA program. Unbowed, the libertarian-leaning conservatives, tea partyers and liberal Democrats who led the fight said they will try to undo a program they called an unconstitutional intrusion on civil liberties.

The partisan split went like this.

To continue NSA spying: 134 Republicans and 83 Democrats

To stop NSA spying: 94 Republicans and 111 Democrats

We're waiting for the suggestion from the talk-radio right that President Obama is playing a long game on this one.

The conspiracy theory might go something like this: Obama is a foe is a strong national defense and thus would like to see the NSA spying program nixed. However, knowing he couldn't do it by a frontal assault he choose an alternative route. Allow excesses in the program to go forth and wait for that news to reach the public. Once Americans - or at least a sizable number of them are sufficiently outraged - then the program will be phased out without the president's fingerprints on it.

Outrageous? Not really in a world where many Americans hold several equally silly claims about Barack Obama.
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