There seems to be a rather serious disconnect between reality and those both attacking and defending the NSA and “security apparatus.” Let me see if I can boil this down to three paragraphs both because all reasoned and truthful positions should be able to fit easily within one single-sided piece of notebook paper and in addition the attention span of the people appears to be limited to the duration of one 60-second commercial break.
Anyone who believes that there are not, in fact, people who would love to obtain a nuclear device, find a way to get it into NY, Chicago, Washington DC or one of a handful of other places and make it go “boom” is a fool.
Anyone who believes that we should not have some group of people who’s job it is to try to identify who those people are and pay attention to what they’re doing so as to be able to attempt to prevent that from happening is an idiot.
Anyone who believes that the first two paragraphs mean that we should then extend that apparatus so those in power can use it “at will” to protect and expand their own fiefdom without boundary, thereby violating the basic precept stated quite-clearly in The Declaration of Independence that the people of a nation give consent daily to their government for its continued existence and have the absolute right to withdraw that consent should they so choose is a tyrant and has committed a crime above that of Treason, since the crime of Treason presupposes that there is a legitimate government that some outside entity wishes to subvert.
My position on the NSA scandal hinges on the above three points.
Yep. And while I submit that the simplest way to protect America without destroying American liberty is to destroy the regimes that support, arm, finance, train, protect, and use Islamic terrorism as a political and ideological tool, I am willing to entertain the notion of a tightly focused, controlled, and trustworthily overseen snooping effort to prevent Islamist terror attacks. The key concept is trustworthy, though, and frankly, there is nothing about today’s ruling class. ruling party, or government that I trust.
Do you think that Islamist terror groups could survive in Iran or Saudi Arabia or Pakistan if the secret police in those places set out to destroy them? Ask yourself how well Islamist terror would thrive in the u.S. if we were bugging and infiltrating the Muslim mosques where most of it is generated and applauded? But we aren’t doing that, of course. Rather than making war on the militant Islam that is making war on us, we are making war on our own liberties.
That’s insane, but that is the nature of American governance today.