Revealing the State’s Wrongdoing

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Senate Majority leader Bill Frist – who in his productive life was a medical doctor – criticizes members of the media for publishing the fact that the government has been spying upon the telephonic communications and banking records of Americans. Apparently he is of the view that while the state is entitled to pry into the details of our lives, we are not entitled to be made aware of its doing so.

I wonder if this man practiced medicine this way, withholding from his patients information concerning their health. Might he have rationalized his right to keep secrets from his patients on the grounds that, “in the war against cancer, we must not allow the patient to know what we are up to; otherwise, the cancer cells will discover our strategies”?

It is remarkable that grown men and women can accept this buncombe.

11:27 am on June 26, 2006