However, Noonan did not suggest nefarious intent — only the unchecked growth of a bureaucratic and banal colossus:
"Our intelligence and security agencies, which are so vast and far-flung in their efforts that they themselves don't fully know who's in charge and what everyone else is doing," she said.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama appears to have shifted from "someone who doesn't quite know what's going on" to "someone who doesn't really want to."
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Noonan says, America should obviously not be listening in on the conversations of Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel. The intelligence apparatus, however, doesn't factor concerns about America's standing in the world.
And Noonan has no patience for the "everyone does it" line.
There needs to be a national conversation about the "deep state" — and if there hasn't been, maybe it is because the president decided "a few years ago to blow up the U.S. healthcare system," Noonan concludes.
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