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  •  I have been reading about the "leaks" for about (13+ / 0-)

    six days now and I find most of the arguments supporting the government's acti0ons to be deficient in both content and reasoning:

    1) This conduct is "legal," well so was slavery, killing and relocating Native Americans and taking their land, enfranchising only propertied men, etc... Just because something is "legal," doesn't make it morally acceptable or ethically correct. It is a lame and specious argument.

    2) "We've known about this conduct for years," the length of time  that immoral  and unethical conduct is practiced does not make it acceptable or correct, if someone embezzles for years and it is common knowledge, it still doesn't make that behavior ethical or moral. This is another spurious argument.

    3) "Terrorism is an existential threat," another red herring, European fascism was an existential threat, Stalinist authoritarianism was an existential threat, Global Warming is an existential threat, sporadic and ultimately futile terrorist acts are not. The use of a tactic to justify government intrusion into the lives of people throughout the world and specifically abridge the rights of Americans is an existential threat, to Americans and their way of life. Government secrecy is rarely about protecting the people and is typically about protecting governments from the outrage of the people at bad actions by the government. The argument that a security state is necessary to protect Americans from existential threat is an extraordinary claim and therefore requires extraordinary evidence and open debate to support such a claim- we haven't been allowed to have such a debate.

    I could go on, but I think you get my drift, there is very little public evidence to support the hysterical frenzy of activity that has occurred since 9/11, the billions of dollars wasted in war and building the security state while Americans suffer the disappearance of their civil liberties, financial security and the "Way of Life," that every official is trying to convince us they are "defending through these very useful security programs," servile acceptance and indenture are not the keystones of freedom- they are the building blocks of tyranny. I do not accept that we are safer, freer, or better off with this slide into corporate control and government over-reach, authoritarianism was "legal" from the age of the Pharoahs to the current time, legal is not the standard, ethical, moral and Constitutional, are the standards, we have lost our way, it is time to demand our freedom, now.  

    "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

    by KJG52 on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 07:00:49 PM PDT

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