We Can’t Go On Like This With Suspicious Minds

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Bonus Vegas era Pre-Fatass Elvis at the bottom.

Another major blogospheric figure, Ace of Ace of Spades HQ, shares my reluctance to jump headfirst in the Snowden Memorial Pool, Spa and Happy Ending Massage Parlor:

Before I get into all of this, let me explain why I feel we’re being snookered on this, and why it bothers me.

The media and the Institutional Class generally have dismissed every scandal allegation as akin to Birtherism. The Benghazi cover-up was dismissed by the media, and the Institutional Class, as some ginned-up fake conspiracy theory spread by crazy people. Just like the Birth Certificate thing.

This was a hard stance to maintain, given that the Talking Points were clearly a fiction from the get-go and that there was an avalanche of evidence that the attack was known to be a coordinated, planned attack from the start, and no evidence whatsoever that it was a “spontaneous demonstration” at all, but yet the Institutional Class advanced its own political interests anyway in suggesting the whole kerfuffle was a fever-swamp fantasia cooked up by the extreme rightwing.

Fast & Furious, too, of course. To this day no one in the media can tell you how a government gun-tracking program could track guns without actually tracking guns, and yet they continue to even trouble themselves to ask the government how tracking can be had without tracking, but, you know, Birtherism.

The government must have a good reason for all of this. We don’t know what that reason is, but you’d have to be some kind of wild-eyed Birther type to think that a cover story that makes no sense at all is worth asking a few questions about.

So what I’m worried about here is that this Snowden doesn’t know what he’s talking about and has overhyped his disclosures, and that, in the coming days, we’ll find out that PRISM is less and less than he originally claimed it was. And then, the Institutional Class, having rubbished NSA-gate as also “akin to Birtherism,” will then take the IRS scandal to also be akin to Birtherism, and the EPA’s shellacking conservative groups with hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs for FOIA requests while freely providing them to liberal groups will be taken as akin to Birtherism, and suspicions about the James Rosen matter will be akin to Birtherism, and so on.

I am always fearful about seizing upon weak evidence especially when we have so much strong evidence — because mark my words, if the NSA scandal peters out, this will be the only scandal the Institutional Class will deign to discuss, and will categorize all other scandals as “like the so-called overblown NSA scandal.”

6 thoughts on “We Can’t Go On Like This With Suspicious Minds

  1. You haven’t bothered to read ANY of the many links I’ve posted where the CIA and NSA have admitted they collect ALL electronic information in this nation, have you? Or the link about warrantless wiretapping?

  2. The NSA does not target, monitor, surveil, record, capture, or listen to any electronic communications of US citizens or anyone inside the United States. The NSA is only tasked with foreign intelligence gathering. It is a breach of several federal laws (USSID 18, PASA, FISA ACT & 2008 Amendment) for the NSA to gather intel from USPERS.

    • ‘Everyone in US under virtual surveillance’ – NSA whistleblower
      Published time: December 04, 2012 14:01
      Edited time: December 05, 2012 19:13

      The FBI records the emails of nearly all US citizens, including members of congress, according to NSA whistleblower William Binney. In an interview with RT, he warned that the government can use this information against anyone.

      Binney, one of the best mathematicians and code breakers in the history of the National Security Agency, resigned in 2001. He claimed he no longer wanted to be associated with alleged violations of the Constitution, such as how the FBI engages in widespread and pervasive surveillance through powerful devices called ‘Naris.’


      EXCLUSIVE – U.S. to let spy agencies scour Americans’ finances

      (Reuters) – The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.

      IRS: We can read emails without warrant

      The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has claimed that agents do not need warrants to read people’s emails, text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents.

      DOJ Quietly Gives Companies Immunity From Wiretapping Law in Exchange for ‘Private Internet’ Surveillance

      As part of an expanding cybersecurity program, it has been revealed that the Department of Justice quietly gave some Internet service providers immunity from violations of wiretapping laws, allowing them to intercept communications in the name of protecting critical infrastructure.

      With ALL of this going on, we’re supposed to believe the NSA is NOT in on the ILLEGAL spying? OK, if that makes you feel better. OOPS! Found a few things that might make it harder for you to sleep securely:

      NSA Domestic Spying Program Makes Xbox One Even Scarier

      The government has been spying on US citizens by tapping into the servers of American tech giants according to The Guardian—so much for making privacy a priority.

      Man, they are even using your video game against you. Face it: EVERYONE in the U.S. govt. with the slightest capability is probably spying on the American people. With as little consequence as the govt. has suffered, they would be stupid NOT to be doing so.

    • Gathering info on Who calls Who….for how long within the country IS NOT FORIEGN INTELLIGENCE GATHERING.

      The NSA itself has admitted to gathering the “Meta-Data” I just mentioned above. So your Comment is meaningless.

      It has been shown that the collection of just this Meta-Data can tell as much if not MORE than the Content of the calls ….. but the majot point is , you or me calling our Congressman, our mothers, our Girlfriends, our Doctors ..etc etc…..has NOTHING to do with FORIEGN INTELLIGENCE !!

  3. I would argue that the media is more keen on this story because it broke after the AP scandal. Even big lib actors are getting their panties in a wad. Why? Because they realise they’re not above the gun-totin, Bible-thumpin, tea-party drinkin crowds that they assumed were the only folks being targeted.

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