I couldn’t stop laughing as al Jazeera America reported yet another stupid march …
US protesters call for end to spying
Thousands of protesters marched Saturday on Capitol Hill in Washington to protest against the National Security Agency's spying programs.
Saturday’s protest comes amid a widening scandal revealing sweeping U.S. surveillance on the communications of ordinary citizens and global leaders that has sparked outrage worldwide. German spy chiefs will travel to the U.S. next week to demand answers following allegations that the NSA has been tapping Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone. The U.S. may have bugged Merkel's phone for more than 10 years, according to a report in German magazine Der Spiegel.
People carried signs reading: "Stop Mass Spying," "Thank you, Edward Snowden" and "Unplug Big Brother" as they gathered at the foot of the Capitol to demonstrate against the online surveillance.
Transparency in surveillance
The Obama administration and many lawmakers have defended the NSA programs as crucial in protecting U.S. national security and helping thwart past attack plots. They have also said the programs are carefully overseen by Congress and the courts. Read more at: US protesters call for end to spying | Al Jazeera America
Time for the protesting weenies to grow up and accept reality …
Are you effin’ kidding me? Spying is good because it prevents governments from doing bad things to innocent people. Spying is a check against sneak attacks and, in the case of the French, Chinese, and others the type of industrial espionage that is crippling our industries and subverting our trade – not to mention costing Americans their jobs as knock-off goods are re-imported into America.
As for the marching weenies who want to feel good about themselves while demonstrating to their friends and others that “they care” and are wonderful persons, these marches are effective as howling at the moon while being observed by the mainstream media. Marches do not cure poverty, racism, aggression – or anything else – or we would not have evil in our world.
About those Germans …
To place the German outrage about spying, let us revisit one of my favorite movies, Casablanca. (Ironically, translated as White House in Spanish).
Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?
Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
[a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]
Croupier: Your winnings, sir.
Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.
Captain Renault: Everybody out at once!
As for the Germans or any other country protesting about our spying, they are doing it because they know full well that it pays well with the progressive socialist democrats and the progressive mainstream media. And, of course, it plays very, very well at home with those who believe America is too successful, too large, and its citizens are living too well.
Like the Claude Raines quote in the movie, the Germans are suddenly shocked to find out that governments spy on each others. Considering that the German spy apparatus, including the Federal Intelligence Service (BND - Bundesnachrichtendienst ), the Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD - Militärischer Abschirmdienst), the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV - Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz) and a host of other agencies are spying on other governments, as well as each other.
Transparency in surveillance?
Can you say idiotic oxymoron? If there was governmental transparency, there would be no need for surveillance. And, if we made our surveillance activities known to our enemies, both foreign and domestic, it would negate the time, money, and effort spent to protect our nation, its citizens, and its national interests.
Bottom line …
America spies on other nations, even our friends, it is because it is prudent and we can. About that friends-spying-on-friends thing, you may wish to consider the case of Jonathan Pollard who was an American intelligence analyst caught spying for Israel and who is now serving a life sentence. For those other countries that lack the prodigious capabilities of our National Security Agency, too effin bad – we are a superpower and have done more to make the world a safer place and bring freedom and human rights to more people than any other nation in the history of the world. This is a good thing, that is unless you are a progressive socialist democrat trying to destroy America from within to advance a socialist/communist agenda, one of those Islamic nations that believes that Islam should rule the world, or are the despotic leader of a kleptocracy in somewhere in crapistan.
Time for Americans to grow up and realize that evil exists in our world, and that the evildoers, both foreign and domestic, are trying to enslave us, kill us, or make us self-destruct. While I do not doubt the sincerity of some of the useful idiots marching to and fro, it is time that they understand that systemic change comes from voting for honest politicians. Unfortunately, honest politicians – at least the ones who are patriotic – will recognize that spying keeps us safe as does the nuclear genie. A side note, ask yourself how many of our enemies have built propaganda campaigns and held marches and rallies to destroy our nuclear capabilities?
American needs to protect itself from her enemies, both foreign and domestic. And, that is the true bottom line.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS