Tuesday, October 29, 2013

“We are really screwed now.”

Quote from an unnamed NSA official as congress asks for a major review into all intelligence collection programs.

“Our sovereignty may be dependent on our ability to eavesdrop on transmissions between our enemies on the outside and those on the inside with sympathies for them.  I trust my ability to determine who to mark for examination and so will you.” Saddam Hussein

Our federal agencies, tasked with keeping all citizens safe and secure in our suburban beds (I mean in 1950’s style so in the master bedroom there had better be two separate twin beds) appear to be different factions of warring circus clowns.  Little cars pull up to the center ring.  Clowns start streaming out and in the chaos they all try to dominate the ring by physically removing their competition. 

The one aspect of this scenario that makes it impossible for all the twin bed sleeping citizens to ignore is each clown is toting an automatic weapon. You don’t know when or where the bullets are going to start flying but it’s a pretty good bet that collateral damage will be extensive.
“The Xerox machine is one of the biggest threat to national security every devised.” Thomas Moorer

The problem, as I see it, is we have created government agencies that rely on threats, chaos and conspiracy to justify their existence.  And they are not required to disclose what they find or what they make up because evidently it will all impact national security. Doing what is in the best interest of the twin bed sleeping citizens by eliminating as much national risk as possible is detrimental to their expansion and funding. 
“Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.” William Proxmire

They also have zero incentive to cooperate with each other.  Think five year olds and cookies. Limited resources and limited coping means additional cookie acquisition is under way by any means possible.
“I would say national security is a work in progress.” Jeb Bush
The best part, is the only body that can require an accounting of behavior also happens to be a group of warring circus clowns.  The difference being they don’t have weapons.  They do have copies of all the single bed sleeping citizens’ bank accounts. They are working around the clock to liberate as much money as possible because that money isn’t going to spend itself. 
“If something is being done on a secret basis in national security, that’s a great reason for elected officials to not talk about it. And that’s a great way to shirk accountability for it with the public.” Rachel Maddow

And speaking of congressional oversight, do these agencies remember nothing from Hoover? First priority is to gather dirt on whoever has power over your agency. You would think that would be spy 101 material.
“We are a fact-gathering organization only. We don't clear anybody. We don't condemn anybody.” J. Edgar Hoover

Before closing, I must apologize to the actual circus clowns for such a negative comparison.

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