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So I read that all three branches of government are now calling for reform of the NSA.

Except, you know, they’re actually not.

Because if they were, it would already be done, wouldn’t it? Don’t the three branches make up the government that is supposed to run the NSA?

Let’s see. In the Judiciary branch, the only thing that’s been done so far was the ruling that came in Monday – and it’s not even an official ruling; it’s pending an appeal – that said the NSA’s actions are unconstitutional. Remember – Snowden’s first leak came in May of 2013. That’s seven months ago. I know things can take a while in a courtroom setting, but if they were that intent on reform, you’d think they could have done something by now.

The Executive branch recently decided to not follow the advice of a third-party agency who said that the NSA needed to be reigned in. So, yeah, that doesn’t really seem like he’s trying too awful hard. Thanks, Obama!

And my own personal favorite: Congress.

March 12, 2013. James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, is before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Senator Ron Wyden (D), Oregon, asked Clapper, “What I wanted to see is if you could give me a yes or no answer to the question ‘Does the N.S.A. collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?’ ”

Clapper slouched, put the fingers of his right hand to his forehead and made a fist with the other.

“No, sir.” He shook his head and looked down at the table.

“It does not?”

“Not wittingly.” He scratched his forehead and looked away from Wyden. “There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.”

Hmm.

What we need in Congress is someone who can help us out here. Someone who’s really smart and handles things rationally.

Oh, I know! Diane Feinstein! She offered a bill earlier this month that would do nothing but blanket-legalize pretty much everything the NSA wants to do.

And then they look at us. Our representatives in government. They look at us, and they spoon-feed us this bullshit (pardon my language) – “We’re calling for reform!”

Seems to me that if they’re calling for reform, they must have the wrong number because nobody’s answering.

I guess it’s true when people say we now have three new branches of government: Military, Industrial and Financial.

You all have a good one.

Best,
Clyde O. Watson

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2 responses »

  1. And, lest we forget, there is the FISA court.

    “The recent leak about the National Security Agency’s spying program has put attention on the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the courts which oversee the programs. The largely-secret FISA courts began in 1978 but have expanded and changed greatly since then.” (NPR)

    However, since they are secret, how can there be meaningful executive or congressional oversight, much less public oversight?

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    • That’s exactly right, Bill. The way I see it, this FISA court is nothing more than a rubber stamp giving them the approval to do whatever they want.

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