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Greetings all. No “big whoops” from SCOTUS today unless of course you’re Donald Rumsfeld and no longer have to worry about that pesky civil accountability problem from the people that you may or may not have ordered tortured. It was “just a little water” Poseidon said to the Titanic.

On other matters, has the NSA spied on you today? I used to think the answer to that question was no, but now it’s probably yes. I’ll be frank, I didn’t like excessive domestic surveillance under Bush and I don’t like it under Obama. But America has it’s cults of personalities and as someone who voted for the president twice, nothing has been so nausea inducing as watching Bush era dregs like Ari Fleischer and Bill Kristol circling the NSA wagons with partisan Obama supporters.

Most of the media reporting on this has been particularly terrible, with a few bright spots. Most notably Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks and the breaker of the story Glenn Greenwald. Whatever your opinion of this story you really have to admire the courage (and/or stupidity) of those who are taking on the most powerful intelligence agencies in the world out of their basic sense of right and wrong.

But enough of the politics. What Twitter really wants to know is if NSA Whistler Edward Snowden is really hot. The answer is, of course, yes! He can search my data anytime!


  1. before everyone jumps onto their high horses, ask yourself who elected Snowden? Who made him arbiter of what "the public should know"? Was he a member of Congress, at least, who represents a subset of "the public"? Is he a federal judge, appointed by a popularly elected President and confirmed by a popularly elected Senate?? No?? Or, instead, is he just a traitor and a blowhard?? Who has damaged his country's security in the process?

  2. @3:27

    He's a blowhard? You say that like blowing hard is a bad thing.

  3. The national security of which nation? The democratic republic of the United States of America or the omni-fascist corporate state that has supplanted it? A free society is an open society.

  4. Whacker is too funny.

  5. A free society is an open society? In theory maybe? But use that line to try to get classified military documents and see how far you get.

  6. @5:24

    And we all know that right makes might!

  7. since freedom requires blanket openness, why don't we get daily copies then of the Prez's security briefing? Why don't we get a summary of the search warrants the FBI obtains? Why don't we get regular briefings of all the military attacks we are planning? Why don't we get minutes of any meetings the Prez has with anyone in the oval office? Don't we all want to be "free"??

  8. @6:43

    The sarcasm (?) in your comment presupposes that we can't create a defining line between information that must by its nature be secretive like military deployments and weapon designs, and broad policies like the drone wars and domestic surveillance that we should have a national discussion about. I think we can.

  9. Maybe the people just want bread and Aronfeld?

  10. @godwhacker: Yes a national discussion would be good. Perhaps all three branches of govt should weigh in.


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