Here’s some clever joker at the Vienna airport. I have a hard time believing that Spain, Portugal, France and Italy just decided to deny Evo Morales flyover rights on a whim, and I can’t remember the last time the US fucked with the president of any soverign country in this way. Now that we’ve pissed off every country in the Western Hemisphere south of the Equator, I wonder what other damage we’re going to do before we get done tracking down the world’s greatest villain.
But, as John correctly pointed out last night, the issue isn’t Snowden, or our ham-handed response, but what we’ve given up since 9/11. Here’s a non-Snowden revelation: a picture of every piece of mail sent in the US is recorded and saved in a database.
“In the past, mail covers were used when you had a reason to suspect someone of a crime,” said Mark D. Rasch, the former director of the Justice Department’s computer crime unit, who worked on several fraud cases using mail covers. “Now it seems to be ‘Let’s record everyone’s mail so in the future we might go back and see who you were communicating with.’ Essentially you’ve added mail covers on millions of Americans.”