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  •  There are no checks and balances (2+ / 0-)
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    greengemini, Nada Lemming

    ...external to the very small part of the executive represented by the NSA leadershiop.  The legislative branch is waving pom-poms and not investigation or having authentic oversight and the judicial branch is involved as a rubber-stamping star chamber.

    Structurally, it is set up so that a cabal is possible--that is what Edward Snowden was referring to as "turnkey tyranny".

    It concerns me that George H. W. Bush has so many contacts within the intelligence community and that he was part of a cabal that did block Jimmy Carter from negotiating the release of the embassy hostages from Iran and did it for political reasons.  It also concerns me that there is so much money to be made in military and intelligence contracts and that the revolving door applies there as well.  If there is a cabal, and only investigation of subsequent event can prove that, then the motive is likely preservation of the multi-billion-dollar grift.

    Maybe now we know how Teddy Kennedy got on a no-fly list.  Cute political stunt.  Maybe someday we will find out who sent anthrax to Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahey.  Maybe.

    If the Fourth Amendment doesn't mean anything, maybe we should change what we teach kids about American Government and what it means to live in a democracy.

    What we need is a Church Committee investigation to find out what is going on and a subtantial revision of our national security institutions.

    You prevent terrorist attacks by removing the incentive, by dealing with the politics.  The idea that you find the needle by adding hay to the haystack is ludicrous.  Big data means both more false positives and more false negatives.   Suspicionless Americans, including prominent political and military leaders should not be in an NSA database at all.  And in fairness, the same should be true of suspicionless foreign citizens as well.

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    by TarheelDem on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 07:52:51 PM PDT

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