(Article changed on June 13, 2013 at 12:12)
"I can assure you, this is not about spying on the American people." Senator Al Franken (D-MN), June 11
a total bullshit artist! When it was Bush spying on emails and
secretly eavesdropping on citizens, Franken and others were outraged.
Now that it's a Democratic president, well, damn, it's all good. Spy
away NSA. (Image)
All of this spying on we the little people has to be OK because Obama says so. Peek in every corner. Prevent unspecified terrorist attacks that you just can't mention because, you know, it's national security. And never mention that policies like invading nations that pose no threat causing hundreds of thousands to die or sending drone killing machines to foreign countries might have something to do with threats of terrorism here.
"Trust me," the liberal defenders of Obama ask us.
Sure thing, Al, you hypocrite of the worst order. Do any of those defending the president have the slightest knowledge of history? How about this creep, who asked and received the trust of tens of millions:
Speaking before the Ohio County Women's Republican Club in Wheeling, West Virginia, (Feb 9, 1950) Senator [Joseph] McCarthy waved before his audience a piece of paper. According to the only published newspaper account of the speech, McCarthy said that, "I have here in my hand a list of 205 [State Department employees] that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department."
The great slanderer Joe McCarthy never had a real list. He changed numbers up, down and sideways. He hid behind his fake list just like Franken and Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) hide behind unmentionable evidence that justifies their endorsement of spying on citizens for national defense. When Joe McCarthy did it, there was a name for it - McCarthyism. What do we call it when the Democrats do it?
TPM reported that Franken had a "high level of confidence that the federal government's collection of phone and Internet data has been effective in thwarting terrorism." TPM, February 11
That's great Al but pardon me and everyone else if we don't trust you, Senator Diane Feinstein or any of the other latter day enablers of civil liberties and privacy violations.
Al, the reason we don't trust you is simple. You are every bit as bad on civil liberties and constitutional rights as those you attack on the other side of the aisle. You enable then endorse the same violations of domestic and international law you opposed under Bush and then justify it because " it's your guy, not theirs doing the deed.
We are in the midst of a general decline in the governance of this nation. The skew is so strong in the direction of the incumbent financial elite that there is little ability to even think of entering government without at least the tacit approval of that elite. In a way, it is like the process of selecting candidates for elections in Iran. The rulers allow only those candidates on the ballot who pass the religious litmus test. In this country, the only people who end up in office, with very few exceptions, are those who prostitute for big money on the big issues.
People like Franken, Feinstein, Lindsay Graham, and John McCain are the force that we struggle against every single day simply to keep our lives, careers, families, and health together. They'll do anything to stay in power, to preserve their status and money and that of their patrons. They struggle desperately against what they fear will be severe retribution if we ever find out what they're up to. It's all about them -- their addictions and fears. They can't grasp the fact that if they'd just step aside and stop the damage, the vast majority would be glad to simply forget them.
Edward Snowden is a great national hero. Al Franken and the other liberal hypocrites who justify the crimes that Snowden unveiled are pathetic relics of a system collapsing in upon itself.