Susan Sarandon: Denied WH Clearance, Says Phone Tapped

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Academy Award winning actress and anti-war activist, Susan Sarandon, says she was denied a White House security clearance, is being watched by the government and had her phone tapped.

Sarandon, who starred in the cult classic movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show, has received five Academy Award nominations. She earned the coveted Oscar for her performance in the film Dead Man Walking.

An unapologetic critic of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, made the startling claims she was deemed a security risk during a Q&A session at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York’s Manhattan.

A supporter of gay rights and women’s causes, Sarandon told the crowd:

“We know we’re under surveillance. I’ve had my phone tapped. I was denied a security clearance to go to the White House and I don’t know why. Do you know why?”

Perhaps the Obama White House should tell Ms. Sarandon, as well as the American people, why they see the actress as a threat? I would expect such nonsense from the Bush administration but I expect better from President Obama.

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10 Responses to Susan Sarandon: Denied WH Clearance, Says Phone Tapped

  1. Idaho Librul says:

    Christopher – I know you’re not naive but do you really expect better from President Obama?

    Look at his record as a senator and then president. As a senator, he supported the FISA legislation and now as president, authorized the use of spy drones over American cities.

    Under his administration, civil liberties continue to erode.

    The New York Times reported recently on other ways President Obama is looking to further peer into what you’re doing;

    “Security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet.” The Obama Justice department “want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order.”

    George Bush’s assault on civil liberties continued a dangerous trend many believed Barack Obama would actively stymie. But as historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author Gary Wills discusses in his new book, Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State, rarely in American history can it be cited that a President has rolled back powers that they have inherited. Unfortunately, it seems that President Obama is intent on confirming this trend.

    Obama is at best, Bush-lite but he loves government control.

  2. Matteo says:

    Idaho Librul is correct. Look at reporter Chris Hedges lawsuit against Obama.

    Reporter Chris Hedges is Suing President Obama over NDAA

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/01/22/1057336/-Reporter-Chris-Hedges-is-Suing-President-Obama-over-NDAA

    But most of the media and a dedicated army of O-bots refuse to see reality.

  3. DMason says:

    Richard Nixon maintained an enemies list. It made him look paranoid, which he was. There is no question the Chimp is paranoid. Cheney too. I didn’t think Obama fell in this category but maybe when you’re elected president, everyone starts looking dodgy?

  4. The Real Adam says:

    Any high profile American (think: actor, actress, pastor, priest, CEO, so on) who dares to criticize the ruling political elite in Washington is a threat.

    The ruling political elite in Washington likes Americans to be heavily medicated on drugs and porn, and entertained by sports and NASCAR. Americans who think are a threat. Doesn’t matter if you’re liberal, conservative or moderate.

  5. Debbie Banuelos says:

    I agree with many of Susan Sarandon’s views and disagree with others. She’s also a talented actress and a pleasure to watch in movies. But to deny her a White House security clearance is simply stupid. I wonder why Janet Napolitano has it out for her but not Van Jones?

  6. Rachel says:

    I’m not surprised. Look at the TSA’s ‘No Fly List’ of this. The late Sen. Ted Kennedy said he was on the list and called for reform of the system. I would bet $20 it was George W. Bush’s administration who put Susam Sarandon on some security list and Obama is too timid to look into it and have her name removed. Politicians are cowards — even Democrats.

  7. Harry says:

    Susan Sarandon is terrifying. I can sleep better tonight knowing the government is keeping an eye on her. Hahaha.

  8. Mets Fan says:

    Susan Sarandon is a Hollywood A-lister.

    And the Obama reelection team wonders why Hollywood donations have all but evaporated? Stories like this resonate and makes Hollywood hold the president in suspect.

  9. Randy Arroyo says:

    The truth is always a threat to tyrants.

  10. fran says:

    Messing with Susan Sarandon in this way is like banning a book, makes her all the more interesting.

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