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Power missing from UN meeting on Syria as her husband reviews Obama spy program

Jen Psaki with the U.S. Dept. of State said newbie UN ambassador Samantha Power missed a key UN Security Council meeting because of “a trip.” (Snip: Video/Fox News)Samantha Power has been on her official job as UN ambassador for less than a month, but she missed a highly significant meeting of the UN Security Council. UN diplomats confirmed Power missed the meeting related to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

As Power traveled to parts unknown for reasons unknown, an equally important story evolved regarding her husband.

Power’s husband Cass Sunstein, formerly President Barack Obama’s official “Information Czar”, was appointed by the president to take part in a panel review of government spy programs the National Security Agency maintains.

Power’s absence and Sunstein’s appointment raise more questions atop a mountain of questions about the president’s wisdom in selecting individuals to do the people’s business.

Power advocated for the U.S. to intervene in Syria—she even Tweeted about it. Suddenly she’s gone missing and the best the State Department’s Jen Psaki can do is to say the ambassador took “a previously scheduled trip.”

A trip to where? Why?

Psaki was mum on details, or clueless—take your pick.

In a monumentally ironic moment, Psaki told media, “I like to be as transparent as possible.”

Power’s husband is another mountain of irony.

Sunstein is supposed to be on the allegedly “independent” panel to review the Obama administration’s spying protocol.

Thing is, Sunstein is, in my opinion, rabidly hostile to freedom of speech. Infowars reported:

During his time in the Obama administration, Sunstein called for taxing or banning outright, as in making illegal, opinions, ideas and information that the government does not approve of.

On page 14 of  a 2008 paper, Sunstein proposed that “under imaginable conditions” the government “might ban conspiracy theorizing” and could “impose some kind of tax, financial or otherwise, on those who disseminate such theories.”

Sunstein outlined plans for the government to infiltrate “conspiracy groups,” including those with questions pertaining to the 9/11 attacks, in order to undermine them via postings on chat rooms and social networks, as well as at real meetings.

So we have an anti-First Amendment wonk allegedly checking into spying after we learned the spying did go askew, contrary to what Obama claimed, and we have a UN ambassador ducking a key security meeting even though she’s still a newbie as ambassador.

Just imagine the furor if there was a Republican in the White House.

Most media haven’t even asked where Power is. Most media haven’t even pointed out the extreme ideas Sunstein has.

Welcome to lapsed hope, dismal change and wonks who will most assuredly make not a single positive difference in the lives of Americans.

The Daily Paul appropriately called the NSA panel Obama appointed “a whitewash.”

Townhall called Power “a radical.” She has called for giving billions in aid to “the new state of Palestine.”

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Aug. 23, 2013)

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