This is from The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s opposition to the U. S. Chamber of Commerce’s motion to dismiss the Kimberlin v. Team Themis, et al. RICO 2: Electric Boogaloo LOLsuit.
So now, in addition to being Paul Krendler, I’m a member of the “intelligence community.”
Uh, huh. I’ve been working as a government contractor since 2000, but it was for NASA not the NSA.
NASA. NSA. Perhaps TDPK needs to buy another vowel.
I think so, Brain … but what if the NSA hasn’t backed up your Facebook password?
I think so, Brain … but if we start putting the Constitution in our emails, the government might start reading it.
President Obama published a memo to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on transparency in government. You can read the whole thing here. It says in part:
Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use.
“… consistent with law and policy …” Those should not be weasel words, but they are. What happens when it is the Administration’s policy to deceive the public?
Obamacare happens. Benghazi happens. Fast and Furious happens. The IRS 501(c)3 debacle happens. NSA overreach happens. The unemployment statistics falsification happens.
The expectation that the government is lying happens. That expectation is becoming so pervasive that even the main steam media is having to take notice and challenge White House claims.
It really doesn’t matter whether the screwups are the result of incompetence as Chis Christie suggests (“they’ve never run anything before”) or corruption or some mix of them plus other factors. The result has been increased transparency. Folks are now looking for the gotcha, the weasel words, or the flat-out lie in whatever comes out of the White House, and, with that increased attention, are beginning to see right through the PR.
(H/T, Shall Not Be Questioned) Reuters is reporting that the NRA is filing an amicus brief in support of the ACLU’s suit against the Obama Administration concerning NSA surveillance. The ACLU is welcoming the NRA’s support.
The ACLU is asking the court to stop the NSA’s program of tracking telephone calls, to declare the program illegal, and to order the government to purge all its databases of the call records. The NRA says in its brief
The mass surveillance program could allow identification of NRA members, supporters, potential members, and other persons with whom the NRA communicates, potentially chilling their willingness to communicate with the NRA.
The NRA has also notes that the Obama Administration’s interpretation of section 215 of the the Patriot act would have the effect of nullifying the statutory ban on the centralization of gun purchase and ownership records.
From WaPo—NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds
From NY Daily News—Request for gun permits in Newtown set to double last year’s numbers: police
There’s a connection between these two headlines.
Regardless of our beliefs, we have to live in the real world, and the real world is not politically correct. People in Newtown, having learned that the police cannot always protect them and their children, are taking steps to be more self-reliant. They don’t trust government to be able to protect them from criminals.
And why should they? Government at every level is failing to be trustworthy.
I suppose the good news for the Newtown residents who aren’t gun owners is that the NSA will have records of their 911 calls.
I think so, Brain … if the NSA is watching us, shouldn’t we try to be entertaining?