David Simon, and TBogg, and others have got this right. It was us, you and me, and our numbskull "public servants" who signed off on all this PATRIOT ACT/FISA bullshit. Why everyone is clutching their pearls, and/or rending their garments in the Trad Media/blogosphere and on both sides of the aisle politically is nearly as disgusting as all the spying. We, you and me, signed off on all this shit! By either approving it, or allowing to happen. Why the heck is anybody surprised here? The spying does not even constitute a crime.
|Daniel Ellsberg, his friends, and wife.|
But heads must roll, and that knucklehead GED kid (who somehow lucked in to doing the right thing) will most certainly have to pay. And, while I have your attention, too:
Just saw Gibney's We Steal Secrets, and Assange is not the amazing hero so many portray him to be. Why the heck is nobody talking about Bradley Manning? But, then again, no one seems to be holding the NYT or The Guardian responsible, either. Just Assange. (And, it appears he sold out on a few of his own personal Core Values, too.)
Man, watch The Most Dangerous Man in America again. Ellsberg; Chomsky; and Zinn, those guys are the badasses.
Those in power will always hate the whistleblower, and they will always collude with other people or institutions of similar power to find the most vulnerable link in the chain to publicly humiliate, incarcerate, torture, or kill said weak link. Why is any of this so shocking?
No Matter Who You Vote For, The Government Always Gets In.