“NSA Director Welcomes Surveillance Transparency, Oversight” proclaims the headline at Leviathan’s house-organ, US News and World Report.
“While [Gen. Keith 'Jean-Luc Picard'] Alexander said during a speaking event in Washington, D.C., that he is open to suggestions about ways to improve oversight and transparency on the surveillance program, he defended the authority to collect and use data to track terrorist threats.” There’s a surprise! “The balancing act that the NSA faces is how to maintain public confidence in the programs while still keeping enough information confidential to maintain a [sic] intelligence advantage, Alexander said.”
Umm, Jean-Luc? No sweat, dude: the only confidence the public has in the NSA is that it spies on everyone, all the time, to destroy every shred of privacy and freedom. You needn’t worry about “balancing” so immense a pile of excrement, believe me. Rather, you might better fear that it could one day reverse course and slide over you instead of us.
Meanwhile, “There is now a growing stack of bills in Congress to reform the NSA, with increased transparency measures as the most popular option. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has proposed a bill to add oversight and transparency measures to the NSA’s programs, while maintaining its surveillance programs. Stricter reforms proposed by Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Mark Udall, D-Colo., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., would prohibit bulk collection of phone and metadata records by the agency. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., is also considering a legislative package of reforms to be unveiled before the end of the year.” Why can’t these nincompoops ever get anything right? ABOLISH, not reform. ABOLISH.
Finally, no doubt emboldened that Congress will continue forcing us to finance his sorry rear end, Jean-Luc added, “‘I am the biggest advocate of the Internet, I think we should have privacy and civil liberties…”
Don’t make me retch, you unconscionable wretch.1:58 pm on October 9, 2013 Email Becky Akers