During the Bush years scaring Americans was all the rage. Everybody was doing it. Those who didn't do it were not sufficiently patriotic. Color coded threat levels changed like traffic lights to keep Americans focused on....well...being afraid. Sufficiently scaring Americans helped in the passage of the Orwellian named Patriot Act which "legalized" the repeal of the 4th amendment.
Thanks to Edward Snowden, we now know that our intelligence agencies have been vacuuming up ALL electronic communications.....everywhere in the world. Snowden's revelations have raised concerns over the totalitarian nature of our "protector" agencies and the politicians who defend the actions of those agencies.
In order to tamp down those growing concerns, to help prevent those concerns from leading to actual reform....."SpyNet" leaders sent Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) to CNN's State of the Union program yesterday to....what else?.....scare Americans.
Feinstein: "We're less safe (today) from terrorism."
“Terror is up worldwide. The statistics indicate that,” Feinstein declared on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“The fatalities are way up. … There are new bombs, very big bombs — trucks being reinforced for those bombs,” she said. “There are bombs that go through magnetometers. The bomb maker is still alive. There are more groups than ever. And there is huge malevolence out there.”
Keep in mind here.....Feinstein's purpose for appearing on CNN was to prevent any rollback on the powers of SpyNet. That is the "threat" Feinstein is really concerned about. To gin up support for continuing....and expanding....SpyNet, elected officials and American voters must feel sufficiently scared. And so, we were told yesterday that after 12 years of fighting "terrorists" in multiple countries, after spending multiple trillions of dollars we don't have......the "terrorist" threat is worse than ever.
Ex-FBI toughguy, Mike Rogers, not quite as good at misdirection as the seasoned Feinstein, let the SpyNet cat out of the bag just a bit.....
"we're fighting amongst ourselves here in this country about the role of our intelligence community and it is having an impact on our ability to stop what is a growing number of threats. And so we've got to shake ourselves out of this pretty soon and understand that our intelligence services are not the bad guys."
Translation: Edward Snowden's revelations detailing SpyNet's powers and reach is creating a backlash from Americans. That backlash must be stopped before it gains enough momentum to rein in SpyNet.
Needless to say, the scare tactics of Rogers and Feinstein are disgusting. But they are cunningly disgusting....in that the point of their words was not to keep Americans safe by scaring them more,(as if that could somehow work), but to keep SpyNet "safe" from any democratic reform.
Some in blogland have been suggesting that our American experiment with democracy has run its course. In these views the U.S. military-intelligence complex....affectionately referred to in this blog post as SpyNet.....is now in full control of our country.
Of course, none of that could possibly be true.....because U.S.A, U.S.A., U.S.A.
But...then...how else can we explain the fearmongering yesterday from Rogers and Feinstein?
Are we, indeed, "less safe" now than 12 years ago? And, if we are less safe....if there are more "terrorists" with "very big bombs" now than before 9-11.....what does that say about our SpyNet policies and tactics? If 2 months is enough time to denounce Obamacare as an "utter failure", "a trainwreck".......what can be said about a 12 year-long program to protect Americans....which has made us "less safe?"
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