The NSA Scandal

While most media writers and talk show hosts have spent the last week analyzing the character, motivations and intelligence of Edward Snowden, they miss the point. I can understand the MSM doing it to detract attention away from Obama’s many follies; I find it galling when traditional conservatives rail against a “leaker.”

Snowden exposed to the whole world what a police state America has become. Before last week, anyone who mentioned the Feds tracking phone calls or emails was immediately labeled a tinfoil-hat-wearing kook. But now we know that it’s been going on for years. Both politicians and bureaucrats have rushed to explain that we have to “give up a little privacy” in order to stay safe.

They refuse to discuss why the federal government is intruding into private communications of people who have given no reason for suspicion, but refuse to investigate any of the mosques in our country, even the ones where the leaders are known to espouse radical activities.

They still refuse to close the border between the US and Mexico even though that would certainly be a logical first step. If we don’t know who is coming into our country, how can we possibly remain safe? Yet, speaking of Border Security quickly paints a big target on one’s back for officials, politicians, and news personnel to attack.

Profiling is another logical, innocent step in identifying possible threats to public safety, but the federal government eschews that in favor of assimilating massive data banks to sift through when looking for problems. That works so well that they refused to accept the advice from Russia regarding the dangers the Tsarnov brothers or to check on trips back to Czechoslovakia, or even to recognize pictures of them after the Boston massacre. Fortunately, ordinary citizens did see their pictures and identified them for our stupid Intelligence Personnel.

In fact, most, if not all, attempts at terrorism on US soil since 9/11/01 have been discovered and stopped by ordinary citizens, not anyone we’re paying to look out for us.

This was actually written and posted almost a year ago.

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