Friday, June 7, 2013

When You've Lost the Gray Lady...

President Obama’s Dragnet
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.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

6 comments:

Miguel said...

Five gives you Ten the NYT will be backing Dear Leader once again before mid-month. They already edited that editorial from “This administration has now lost all credibility” to “This administration has now lost all credibility on this issue.“

They are all battered wives

notDilbert said...

..... and don't forget that "speedbump" spent 6 month's in Chechna doing who knows what. and on his return the Russian Government was kind enough to send us a note saying.. " We are a sending this fool back to you because we certinly we already have enough terroists of our own and we don't want him..... Good luck. "


...... and we still did nothing....

well ...... Ok... the "Department of Terroist Assistance" did renew his EBT Card.



........nothing to see here.....move along

Anonymous said...

You would think that since the NSA has been plugged in and vacuuming data from big data providers since 2007 they would have gotten a whiff of any of those events:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/06/nsa-tapped-internet-servers/

--Rob

Jay G said...

Rob,

Apologies if this was not your intent, but it appears in the MSM that this is the preferred deflection: "Oh, this has been going on since Bush."

It's complete and utter bullshit. If it's a bad program now, it was a bad program then. If it was in fact launched under Bush, it ran for a year before he left office. It has run for four years now under Obama.

Cormac said...

...the terrorists won.

This is what they did.
(and we let it happen. in some peoples' cases even begged for it to happen)

Bubblehead Les. said...

Just imagine this Abuse of Power in the hands of President.....

Hillary Rodham Clinton.