Within hours of the disclosure that federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.You know, I have to say something here. We had, just a couple of months ago, a terrorist action right here in my state. You might have heard about it. They declared martial law over it. The terrorists responsible were making phone calls back home to Russia - to an area known for terrorism - and yet no one caught this? They were on PUBLIC F**KING ASSISTANCE, and no one caught this.
Yet the Obama administration has the unmitigated gall to claim they need to not only listen in on reporters but to garner millions of phone records to keep us safe from terrorism? Guys? Seriously? You're doing it wrong. I think this is the key point that's getting overlooked here. They're using the specter of terrorism as the aegis against recrimination, when they have been repeatedly unable to stop terrorism, not just around the world [cough, Benghazi, cough] but also right here at home.
The intrusions on on sacred civil liberties are bad enough on their own, that's the biggest point. But they're not even accomplishing the stated goal - stopping terrorism - with these incursions. Why, it's almost like passing more and more gun control laws only to see that crime goes up. Of course, to the nanny statists, that's a feature, not a bug. More terrorism = more cries to "do something" = more nanny state measures. Brought a pocketknife on a plane lately?
The fact that the New York effin' Times is jumping on the bandwagon, though, ought to raise some eyebrows...
That is all.
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