Remember the guy who urged that Ron Paul be banned from future GOP primary debates for suggesting the U.S. might have been attacked ‘for a reason other than being the awesomest country in the world?’ (As Tom Woods put it.) Well, he just tweeted a link to an article from the often neoconservative National Review that completely eviscerates the NSA apologists.
Is it a sign? Is there finally a crack in the right’s obeisance to the National Security State with all of it’s trappings?
NSA abuse is now a reality. Another reason the average American distrusts our government – first the IRS now NSA??? http://t.co/qMJ9HHivdq
— Saul Anuzis (@sanuzis) August 17, 2013
Go read it. The piece by Mark Steyn gets the NSA story right on so many levels. Philosophically and historically:
A couple of months back, I quoted Tocqueville’s prescient words from almost two centuries ago: Although absolute monarchy theoretically “clothed kings with a power almost without limits,” in practice “the details of social life and of individual existence ordinarily escaped his control.” In other words, the king couldn’t do it even if he wanted to. What would happen, Tocqueville wondered, if administrative capability were to evolve to bring “the details of social life and of individual existence” within His Majesty’s oversight? That world is now upon us. Today, the king concedes he most certainly can do it, but assures us not to worry, he doesn’t really want to…
The sheer scale of the madness and the myth of oversight by apologists:
“actual abuse” — including “listening in on people’s phone calls” and “inappropriately reading people’s e-mails” — occurs daily. In early 2012, “actual abuse” was occurring at the rate of ten “incidents” a day — and “incident” is a term of art that can cover hundreds of violations of thousands or even millions of citizens…
Congressional oversight? Senator Dianne Feinstein said that she had not seen the 2012 NSA audit on its 2,776 legal violations until the Washington Post asked her about it. Which means until Edward Snowden brought it to her attention. So she’s just another rubber stamp, too.