Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Friday, December 26, 2014

NSA Document Dump

The NSA dropped an FOIA document load on Christmas.  In it, we discover that probably the biggest problem is that people in the NSA are people.  So they do illegal things like spy on their ex and pass around embarrassing personal information.

Less 1984 Big Brother and more the reality show Big Brother.

I hate to keep flagellating a theme, but the problem with our institutions is that people (cops, NSA agents, bankers, the torture regime) feel that laws don't really apply to them.  Laws are for little people.

That is incredibly corrosive to a democratic society.

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