But first... from our boy, KT at The Scratching Post:
Another mind-blowing week where on top of everything else that has been going on with respect to the IRS and the Department of Justice, we find that the federal government has been indiscriminately spying on tens of millions of Americans via a National Security Agency program called PRISM.
Of course, defenders of the program say it has already thwarted terrorist attacks on our soil. This claim rings hollow when...
At this point, the best way to escape the government's attention is to get on one of their watch lists.— Will Antonin (@Will_Antonin) June 6, 2013
Aside from the obvious privacy and civil liberty concerns, casting such a wide net doesn't pass the sniff test as an effective counter-terrorism method. Consider the Tsarnaevs and Major Nidal Hasan, the Ft. Hood terrorist*, who was in regular contact with the radical Yemeni-based cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki and who had "SOA" (Soldier of Allah) printed on his business card... these bums were hiding in plain sight and you didn't need any nation-wide, millions and millions-strong secret snooping dragnet to track them.
A very natural reaction to "do something" in the wake of 9-11 and which resulted in The Patriot Act has led us to where we are today: from targeted surveillance of overseas communicaes to a snoop-a-palooza free-for-all clusterfark.
Given the inherent Keystone Cops-like incompetence of huge, sprawling bureaucracies such as our federal government, it would almost be laughable if not for situations depicted in the image above; if they want to get you, they'll
But we were warned:
As we now know, amassing of executive power is as intractable as it is alluring. That President Obama would put on HGH that which President Bush should've surprised no one.
After decades of crowing about it, when the chips were down, America's liberal-left proved cannot b trusted 2 defend civil liberties/privacy— Dean R. Riehm (@deanriehm) June 8, 2013
Only Nixon could go to China and only a leftist CinC could get away with treating the American public as if they were the enemy. #NSA— Dean R. Riehm (@deanriehm) June 6, 2013
Yep, the ideological heirs of the New Left have proven themselves nothing more than power-mad thugs that have taken over our institutions in a cease-less effort to destroy their political opposites. Peggy Noonan's column linked below lays this out with respect to the IRS targeted harrassment of tea party and conservative groups:
We honestly don't know which is worse: an agency that acts upon orders from higher ups in Washington D.C. or just ideologically-bent institutional corruption?
And, of course, continuing our recent meme of "If you are still a big government liberal, you haven't been paying attention", Capt. Ed of Hot Air offers up an excellent piece:
hotair.com/archives/2013/…Ed: Team O isn't ruining the "good government" brand, they're merely fulfilling the inevitable outcome of it."— Dean R. Riehm (@deanriehm) June 7, 2013
Back to the domestic spying program, PRISM, for which the President was forced to address yesterday while fundraising here in California:
Totally related: we have noted how disinterested in politics our liberal friends have become over the past month or so. Yes, we're only human, so we'll cop to no small amount of schadenfreude over what has been going on of late.
Of course, when defending the indefensible there's always that reliable old saw:
And if he was behaving badly, his heart was in the right place:
"I am not a dictator." -guy who audits political enemies, jails filmmakers, criminalizes reporters, and spies on regular citizens #tcot— Razor (@hale_razor) June 6, 2013
This guy is good. If you Twitter, you should follow him.
Remember that goofy meme during the '12 presidential campaign: "Government is just things we do together"? We do...
The government is things we harrass together.#IRS— Dean R. Riehm (@deanriehm) June 6, 2013
The government is things we monitor together.#NSA— Dean R. Riehm (@deanriehm) June 6, 2013
OK, that's it for now but we'll leave you with what we think will be our personal Kronkite "Good night and good luck":
*If our government won't label it an act of terrorism, we'll be more than happy to do the heavy lifting for them