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Sean Hannity, the man who promised to be waterboarded for charity more than 1,400 days ago, is outraged — outraged! — by the National Security Agency’s surveillance of Americans’ metadata and foreign contacts. Mr. Obama, he opines, is guilty of “hypocrisy!”

“I think for me, it’s a matter of trust,” Hannity said.

But just a few years ago, the Fox News host was blasting Democrats as “weak on national defense” for opposing data mining.

This trend of only opposing NSA surveillance when the opposing party does it isn’t unique to Hannity. But, as Media Matters‘ research director Jeremy Holden put it, “Of all people, Sean Hannity does not get to criticize data mining.”

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