Tuesday, July 2, 2013

So, You're Okay With NSA Spying?

They're doing it for pure and altruistic reasons, right? Keeping us safe from terrorists, ne'er-do-wells, and the like, that's the idea, right? Gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet, that sort of thing. As long as they're keeping us safe, though, it's okay, right?

You mean like the FBI is allegedly supposed to be doing?

Ex-agent apologizes at Bulger trial for killing
BOSTON (AP) — A former FBI agent who admitted taking payoffs from James "Whitey" Bulger appeared to choke back tears as he offered a dramatic apology to the family of one of the reputed gangster's alleged murder victims.
"Not a day in my life has gone by that I haven't thought about this. Not a day in my life has gone by that I haven't prayed that God gives you blessing and comfort for the pain that you suffered," John Morris, his voice cracking, told a widow and her three sons Monday during cross-examination by a defense lawyer at Bulger's racketeering trial.
For a measly $7K this guy ratted someone out to the mob, serving what was essentially a death sentence to the person in question - as well as the innocent bystander who gave him a ride home the night he was killed. The F-freakin'-BI. Sold someone out for less than the price of a new car (in 1980s $$$s). Some poor bastard who was just trying to help someone got gunned down by the mob for having the wrong guy in his car, and this FBI agent - one of the Feds, the alleged "good guys" - was directly responsible.

You can take your apology and fold it until it's all corners, agent Morris.

Now, for anyone who's hunky-dory with handing over all kinds of special, unconstitutional powers to the NSA (or any of the other Federal agencies - or state, even), think about what this kind of power in the hands of a corrupt agent could mean. Yeah. Imagine your credit card numbers that they've pulled from your Amazon account being given to Russian scammers. And that's one of the kinder scenarios. Unless and until these matters are handled 100% by machines - and that's never going to happen - I'd prefer my private matters not be accessible to agencies that might have "agents" like Morris working for them.

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That is all.


Crotalus said...

Interesting how the gov't is all hunky-dory with spying on us, yet they come unglued, and want to charge Snowden with espionage when he spies on them, and then outs them.

Hypocrite much, gov?

What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Or, STOP SPYING ON US, DAMMIT!

NotClauswitz said...

In East Germany where the STASI security-apparatus rule supreme and an estimated one-in-seven people snitched on each other, the most common crime prosecuted in the five years before the Wall came down and Re-Unification occurred was failure to report a crime you knew about.
See, THEY knew and knew that YOU knew - so they could go pick-up ANYBODY, at ANY TIME, and nail them with this "failure to report" bit.

Irishdoh said...

The real sad part in this is that this man was directly responsible for two deaths and did not serve a day in jail.

Old NFO said...

It's becoming the norm rather than the exception... sigh... And they DO NOT like it when you poke back...

TS said...

Since two people said it, I will offer my opinion that the agent was indirectly responsible for those murders- not directly responsible. The ones directly responsible would be the ones who actually commit the act. If someone aided that act in a significant way, I would call that indirectly responsible (like providing information). I agree with the larger point being made, it’s just that I am used to arguing with people who want to cast the widest net of responsibility as possible - like saying the NRA is responsible for murdering 20 children in Connecticut (not to imply that is what you are doing). It has just caused me to be nitpicky about how I use the word “responsible”.