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Reaction to Government Surveillance Bombshell, By The Numbers

Number of Inspectors General reporting the existence of “unprecedented collection activities” going “beyond warrantless wiretapping”: 5

Public disclosures regarding the nature of these “unprecedented collection activities”: 0

Number of years before the Attorney General of the United States, highest law enforcement officer in the country, was permitted to know of the existence of these activities: 3

Number of violations of Americans’ constitutional liberties engaged in by these programs: Unknown

Number of new cosponsors of H.R. 104, a bill to create an independent commission investigating off-the-record U.S. government surveillance programs, in the 24 hours since the disclosure of these classified programs’ existence: 0

7 thoughts on “Reaction to Government Surveillance Bombshell, By The Numbers”

  1. qs says:

    Who does the 3 years when the Attorney General didn’t know refer to? Who didn’t know.

    1. Jim says:

      Click through on the provided link for the answer: Attorney General John Ashcroft.

  2. Tom says:

    And continuing with the global farce that is U.S. foreign policy, Obama says to Africa:

    “No country is going to create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves, or if police can be bought off by drug traffickers”!

    Bwah-haw-haw, choke, gasp – IS HE FUCKING KIDDING?! Look where you come from Prez! Chicago AND U.S.A.! Don’t even TRY to preach to other countries when your own has been taken over by the monied elite and corruption is the very foundation of your politics.

    Unless he’s pointing us out as an example of how NOT to do wealth distribution and democracy (but i doubt that’s where he was going), coming home from the G8 and all . . .

  3. qs says:

    So Holder is going to prosecute torture now?

  4. Tom says:

    The way i read it he’s just considering it. Obama will “set him straight” when he gets back from his trip.
    i can almost hear it now: “Eric, i don’t think you want to open up that can of worms [since Obama is now complicit and doing the same shit] and besides, look at all the other stuff we have to do.”

  5. qs says:

    So if nothing is ever done, isn’t that precedent that the government can do it again?

    1. Jim says:

      Legal precedent? Not necessarily; that’s a judicial branch concept. Practical precedent that government can, regardless of the law, get away with its behavior? Oh yeah.

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