From McClatchy: “Congress is growing increasingly wary of controversial National Security Agency domestic surveillance programs, a concern likely to erupt during legislative debate _ and perhaps prod legislative action _ as early as next week…”
Way to get on top of your unethical and immoral use of surveillance against your on people, politicians!
Of course, Congressional “leaders” have been lying their asses off since the revelations of the misconduct of the intelligence agency by Edward Snowden. Representative James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. swears, “I was not aware of any dragnet collection of phone records when the Patriot Act was reauthorized…I would have publicly opposed such abuse.” Mike Rogers, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee assures us, “People at the NSA in particular have heard a constant public drumbeat about a laundry list of nefarious things they are alleged to be doing to spy on Americans _ all of them wrong…”
What is wrong is that no one told the Congress what the NSA was doing. Three other whislteblowers — Thomas Drake, William Binney and J. Kirk Wiebe — came forward years ago to talk about the unconstitutional actions the agency was taking. But the terror war has a life of its own, a dangerously profitable intersection of law enforcement, military, intelligence, and private industry that dwarfs the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned of in his farewell address.
“But it’s legal!” is the cry of the administration and the response to that is simple: A law is just a law; it’s not necessarily right, moral, or beneficial. It’s just justification for force against people.
And it looks like, between the drones in our skies, the murders of Americans abroad, and the desperate attempts at gun control by both parties in the Senate and House (and don’t think John “Crybaby” Boehner won’t find a way to railroad any gun control legislation past intransigent Republicans if it gets out of the Senate), and now the exposure of government spying, Americans are realizing that their government does not mean them well. And our would-be aristocrats are starting to worry it could hurt their re-election chances. So they will pretend to do something, stall, prevaricate, obfuscate, distract with race bating over the Zimmerman case, and hope that this all blows over.
And it might. Or the people might resort to all those guns they’ve been buying, but that would require them to get off their fat asses and do something.