doctorow — 2014-02-05T23:03:15-05:00 — #1
ianmcloud — 2014-02-05T23:44:50-05:00 — #2
Demanding the NSA voluntarily fix themselves is akin to using this gimmick to fix a shotgun wound to the face or gut.
When a primary problem is the NSA's repeated and blatant lying Congress, this demand equates to: "Stop lying to us (in ways that we find out about)!"
Dear Congress, how about instead of bargaining with the NSA, we just seriously de-fund them and also not reauthorize any of the
Patriot Anti-Constitution Act?
nixiebunny — 2014-02-05T23:49:52-05:00 — #3
I wonder how hard it would be to get the data center and phone central office workers to cut the fibers leading from the gizmos that the NSA installed?
ianmcloud — 2014-02-05T23:52:38-05:00 — #4
Also, my German is pre-K, but Google Translate confirms that this guy's last name (Sensenbrenner) literally translates as Scythe Burner? I guess that makes sense for a scorched-earth style of policy making.
jardine — 2014-02-06T00:14:42-05:00 — #5
Dear Mr. Sensenbrenner,
It'd be a shame if anyone was to find out about your predilection for goat-fucking. What's that you say? You don't fuck goats? Well I'm sure we can "find" some evidence that you do. And who do you think the public will believe? Us or a known goat-fucker?
-Totally Not the NSA
tekna2007 — 2014-02-06T00:26:30-05:00 — #6
A video of that, if it were to come to pass, would make a great bookend counterpoint to the computer destruction at the Guardian. Especially if they used axes.
euansmith — 2014-02-06T05:51:57-05:00 — #7
I wonder when someone will run this trick in reverse... "What? My hard drive is full of Satanic Communist Jihad Animal Porn? That must have been the NSA!"
dr_awkward — 2014-02-06T09:03:13-05:00 — #8
And indict James Clapper and Keith Alexander for perjury and treason. Aim for the death penalty to deter those who would try this again.
nashrambler — 2014-02-06T09:29:06-05:00 — #9
I'm going to sound like a sarcastic jerk, but there is no way Congress will seriously de-fund the goose that keeps laying golden, secret-filled eggs. Those babies are the currency of all the three-letter agencies.
crenquis — 2014-02-06T18:54:45-05:00 — #10
You don't sound like a sarcastic jerk, but you do sound like a possible person of interest.
snagglepuss — 2014-02-07T08:20:37-05:00 — #11
...And Sensenbrenner actually thinks that Congress ordering a bunch of swine who happily break every law they encounter to disband will stop them ?
That's adorable. A guy who wrote an act as stupid and un-American as the Patriot act in the first place, in order to stop a bad thing, still believing that THIS TIME - NO, REALLY I DO ! - he has The Answer To Our National Nightmare.
Obviously, Sensenbrenner doesn't grasp the central point of "Frankenstein" - Much like Ted Cruz and Dr. Seuss: Grandstanding, panicky, dangerously dumb idealogues who are convinced that they're smartest guys in the room.
dacree — 2014-02-10T10:25:40-05:00 — #12
This is an interesting bit of theater. What I'm reading is that they want to keep 215 but they need some concessions from the NSA so they can get re-elected after they reauthorize it.
If Sensenbrenner had real concerns about 215 and the abuses against everyone on the planet, he would not even consider reauthorizing 215.
doctorow — 2014-02-10T23:03:17-05:00 — #13
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