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I hope you watch the cartoon before reading this blog post, or at least take this as your spoiler alert.  While awaiting the loads of important Supreme Court rulings this week (apparently, even Supreme Court justices wait until the very last possible second to do something, just like most of us), I decided to take one more look at the Snowden story.

This cartoon is an extension of an earlier blog post where I thought about my own metadata and how bad it could look to an NSA snooping program.  Rather than focus on myself, howabout we look at our pal Jesus' metadata?  Doesn't look good for the ol' Son of God.  He definitely hung with the wrong crowd and did some suspicious communicating.

Another worry with the NSA data-vacuuming programs is that there will be so much data, it will distract from real threats discovered the old-fashioned way.  Like, say, the Russians telling you to watch out for these guys!

Enjoy the cartoon, and be sure to comment, share and let me know what you think.

[ominous narrator]

It's not about Edward Snowden.

It's about using the very NSA programs he decries, to protect this nation.

It's about gathering everyone's data to help target a suspect who . . .

has regularly communicated with a mysterious figure abroad,

has been associated with foreign criminals and other bad actors,

has traveled extensively in the Middle East,

has used social networks to send messages to Iran, Iraq, and Syria . . .

and whose location data indicates he has been in contact with religious zealots in the outskirts of Damascus.

We're not listening to the content of everyone's conversation, we're simply using metadata . . . to build a profile, a profile of a suspect who:

Would attack our entire banking system,

uses shadowy technology to further his aims along the Golan Heights border with Israel,

has continued to associate with those who show no respect for the law,

and whose calling patterns and geo-location indicate . . . a would-be martyr.

That's why we must . . .

Wiretap Jesus.  It's time to save the homeland.

Originally posted to Comics on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 06:50 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  when everyone (14+ / 0-)

    is potentially suspect,

    who is it

    we are try to protect?

    •  The plan should be to minimise violence globally (4+ / 0-)

      so that if what we are doing causes in the aggregate more damage than whatever plans we suspect our preemptive strikes might have prevented, that makes us the terrorist we need to make the greatest effort to protect against.

      We should allow that people who kidnap, torture, assassinate and murder are criminals and should be treated like criminals, arrested, informed of their rights, provided legal counsel, tried in a court of law, allowed to make their case and to appeal it if they think the people that heard their case weren't listening to the right things, before we indefinitely detain them, execute them or drop a drone on them.

      If those people are us we ought to appreciate having those
      levels of fairness in our treatment.

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 07:34:38 AM PDT

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      •  i.e., what civilized nations already do (9+ / 0-)
        We should allow that people who kidnap, torture, assassinate and murder are criminals and should be treated like criminals, arrested, informed of their rights, provided legal counsel, tried in a court of law, allowed to make their case and to appeal it if they think the people that heard their case weren't listening to the right things, before we indefinitely detain them, execute them or drop a drone on them.
        Our biggest mistake---the thing that started this whole monstrous mess in the first place, was our decision, as a society, that terrorists don't deserve trials, and that we should just bomb them and kill them all without any of the legal niceties. "We're at WAR, dammit !!!!!"

        Once we decided that terrorism is a MILITARY issue rather than a LAW ENFORCEMENT issue, the entire pathway to the permanent militarized national security state was laid and paved.

        And some of us were already pointing that out on September 12, 2001.

        •  Actually it was the end of November 2001 (0+ / 0-)

          That a CIA agent Michael Spann who was assigned to SOG was in the process of helping a warlord  named General Dostum and his military garrison execute prisoners at the Qala-i-Jangi fortress after they surrendered at  the battle of Masr al Sharif was swarmed by the prisoners and physically torn limb from limb.

          As Spann was getting physically torn apart by them his partner Dave "Dawson" Tyson  an Uzbek language specialist called in air strikes from Tash Kent on a satellited phone while a German documentary film crew there to investigate the allegations that had accused his troops of human rights violations of the Taliban prisoners got the whole thing on video

          After the surviving prisoners withdrew to a lower level it was flooded to try and drive them out and then the survivors of that were collected including John Walker Lindh an American.

          After Spahn's death and the discovery of Lind, General Dostum, the CIA force extender was told "to take the gloves off" by one of President Cheney's neo-con's. Lind was left with his wounds untended for a week in one of the shipping containers and then "interviewed" after being given morphine.

          In July 2009, The NY Times reported on Dostums human rights abuses with particulars giving as example the report that according to anonymous witnesses they interviewed, "over a three-day period, Taliban prisoners were stuffed into closed metal shipping containers and given no food or water; many suffocated while being trucked to the prison. Other prisoners were killed when guards shot into the containers. The bodies were said to have been buried in a mass grave in Dasht-i-Leili, a stretch of desert just outside Sheberghan.

          Starting in the 70's as a union organizer at a state-owned gas refinery in Sheberghan, Jowzjan Province, General Dostum who was originally from Jalalabad came to power and built his reputation and support in the mid 80's when he was first recruited by the CIA to to help establish the Northern Alliance and fight the Russians.

          The Northern Alliance, was established in late 1996 by Dostum, Ahmad Shah Massoud and Karim Khalili against the Pakistan-backed Taliban in the Jalalabad region but in the region of Masar al Sharif where Dostum was in charge after the Russians left he went into drug smuggling and used his mujahadin to extort supplies and labor from the villages between Masar al Sharif and Herat.

          In November 2009, it was reported that the British were pushing for talks between the Afghan government and the Shura. 'Major General Richard Barrons said negotiations with the senior echelons of the Afghan Taliban leadership council – the Quetta shura – were being looked at, alongside the reintegration of insurgency fighters into civilian life.In his first interview since arriving in Afghanistan to begin talks with "moderate" Taliban fighters, Barrons said British officials were backing extensive talks between Karzai's government and the Quetta shura, which is led by Mullah Omar and is responsible for directing much of the fighting against British forces in Helmand province.'[25]

          Early January 2010, some commanders from the Quetta Shura held secret exploratory talks with Kai Eide to discuss peace terms, as emerged end of that month during the International Conference on Afghanistan in London. The Shura had sought a meeting with the United Nations envoy, which took place in Dubai on January 8, 2010. This was the first such meeting between the UN and alleged senior members of the Taliban, suggesting that peace talks had revived since exploratory contacts between emissaries of the Kabul government and the Taliban in Saudi Arabia in 2009 broke down. It was not clear how significant a faction had showed up in Dubai or how serious they were. A western official confirmed that there were indications of splits in the Taliban over the prospect of a settlement.[26][27] Supporters of former presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah predicted that negotiations could fail because the Karzai government was too weak, and other critics warned that trying to buy off insurgents created a "moral hazard" of rewarding combatants who had killed Western troops and local civilians.[28] Taliban sources denied that there had been such a meeting and dismissed them as baseless rumors

          What Obama has been trying to do since 2009 was transfer the power in Afghanistan from the warlords back to the middle managers or tribal chiefs by removing government corruption, negotiating with the Taliban to establish voting rights for women and verifiable election results through building infrastructure such as roads and bridges, communications and control that allowed the democratic process to expand outside of major cities.

          Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

          by rktect on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 12:39:21 PM PDT

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    •  The "Powers that BE" of course (1+ / 0-)
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      Ginny in CO

      The folks between 30 and 40 thousand that actually RUN this damn country with their bucks and their think tanks and their spots on the Boards of all major corporations. And their little mechanisms like ALEC and the Chamber of Commerce.

      You didn't think anybody cared about US did you?

      American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

      by glitterscale on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 10:26:42 AM PDT

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  •  Snowden, like Jesus, will be crucified... (8+ / 0-)

    ...if the system gets his hands on him.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 07:39:26 AM PDT

  •  If Jesus has done nothing wrong, he has nothing to (11+ / 0-)

    fear. Yawn. Old news. 'Merika!

    "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." Edward R. Murrow

    by temptxan on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 07:40:49 AM PDT

  •  Ayn Rand said it best... (3+ / 0-)

    ..as much as it pains me to quote the Tea Party darling...

    "The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."

  •  This is SOOO wrong (6+ / 0-)

    "We're only collecting metadata -- data about who you call and who calls you and for how long."

    Freedom of association is the right to join or leave groups of a person's own choosing, and for the group to take collective action to pursue the interests of members.[1] It is both an individual right and a collective right, guaranteed by all modern and democratic legal systems, including the United States Bill of Rights, article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and international law, including articles 20 and 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Conventions 87 and 98 of the International Labour Organization.

    Freedom of association is primarily manifested through the right to join a trade union, free speech or debating societies, political parties, or any other club or association such as religious groups, fraternities, or sport clubs. It is closely linked with the freedom of assembly, particularly under the US Bill of Rights. More specifically the freedom of assembly is understood in a political context, although depending on the source (constitution, human rights instrument, etc.) the right to freedom of association may be understood to include the right to freedom of assembly.

     - Wiki

    Even Democrats can be asses. Look at Rahm Emanuel.

    by Helpless on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 08:03:04 AM PDT

  •  NSA allegation has not stop people from Blabbing (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Superskepticalman

    All day on the cellphone  talking about really nothing ,the big concern about cellphone should be the link between cancer and  cellphone use

    •  We really should put "NSA" or "#NSA" in everything (2+ / 0-)

      we tweet, FB, e-mail, etc. just to screw with them. Several hundred billion bits of "NSA" will just fill its Utah database with electronic goo.

      "There's a conceptual zone within which the romanticized historical past and the immanentizing historical future converge in a swamp of misapprehension and misstep. It's called 'the present'." - David Beige

      by Superskepticalman on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 08:28:07 AM PDT

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  •  Only the guilty have nothing to fear. (1+ / 0-)
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    Words In Action

    For the rest of us ............

    Knowledge is Power. Ignorance is not bliss, it is suffering. If you like hypocrite Obama, you'll love hypocrite Hillary.

    by harris stein on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 08:28:35 AM PDT

  •  I think Mohammed also needs to be worried. Not (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Words In Action, ask

    to mention Moses. And Abraham, boy, he's in real trouble.

    While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

    by Tamar on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 09:05:42 AM PDT

  •  Great (0+ / 0-)

    literally LOLed.

    Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away. - S. Stills

    by ask on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 12:21:48 PM PDT

  •  Anyone else not getting the cartoon (0+ / 0-)

    to play? No problems with other video embeds.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 12:26:41 PM PDT

    •  Ah, old nursing tactic worked. (0+ / 0-)

      Ask for help and the tech works....

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 12:29:46 PM PDT

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