I know you all accuse me of trolling whenever I post anything about issues that I know the majority of you disagree with me about (this sentence sucks and I am too lazy to fix it, but you know what I am saying, so piss off), but I swear to the FSM I really don’t do it as often as you accuse me. My post earlier about Miranda/Greenwald was no attempt to troll you all, it was pretty straight forward and clear what I think. Likewise, there are a lot of other front-pagers here and commenters who think I am just dead wrong about this issue. I’m ok with that.
Having said all that, I will once again bring up my allegiance and full fealty to the big floaty semolina laden Allah in the sky, and swear to you that I am not trying to blow up the blog, but I want you to read what Sully said about Greenwald and his partner’s detention:
Readers know I have been grappling for a while with the vexing question of the balance between the surveillance state and the threat of Jihadist terrorism. When the NSA leaks burst onto the scene, I was skeptical of many of the large claims made by civil libertarians and queasily sympathetic to a program that relied on meta-data alone, as long as it was transparent, had Congressional buy-in, did not accidentally expose innocent civilians to grotesque privacy loss, and was watched by a strong FISA court.
Since then, I’ve watched the debate closely and almost all the checks I supported have been proven illusory. The spying is vastly more extensive than anyone fully comprehended before; the FISA court has been revealed as toothless and crippled; and many civilians have had their privacy accidentally violated over 3000 times. The president, in defending the indefensible, has damaged himself and his core reputation for honesty and candor. These cumulative revelations have exposed this program as, at a minimum, dangerous to core liberties and vulnerable to rank abuse. I’ve found myself moving further and further to Glenn’s position.***
More to the point, although David was released, his entire digital library was confiscated – including his laptop and phone. So any journalist passing through London’s Heathrow has now been warned: do not take any documents with you. Britain is now a police state when it comes to journalists, just like Russia is.
In this respect, I can say this to David Cameron. Thank you for clearing the air on these matters of surveillance. You have now demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that these anti-terror provisions are capable of rank abuse. Unless some other facts emerge, there is really no difference in kind between you and Vladimir Putin. You have used police powers granted for anti-terrorism and deployed them to target and intimidate journalists deemed enemies of the state.
You have proven that these laws can be hideously abused. Which means they must be repealed. You have broken the trust that enables any such legislation to survive in a democracy. By so doing, you have attacked British democracy itself. What on earth do you have to say for yourself? And were you, in any way, encouraged by the US administration to do such a thing
Who the fuck needs to spend billions on the Large Hadron Collider or the Superconducting Super Collider when I write posts like this? But seriously, what is going on is not right, not normal, and not permissible. Even if it is legal and even if Glenn Greenwald is the biggest flaming asshole to ever walk the earth, with an ego that makes Rush Limbaugh’s look like he suffers from self-loathing.
I wish there was a perfect vessel who could distribute this information. Maybe imaginary unimpeachable Jesus will come back (although this time, unlike the alleged first time around, he better be white or no one will pay attention) and disperse the information and rid us all of these egomaniacal Brazilian living America hating douchebag civil libertarians, but then again, I know my Douglas Adams…
*** Update ***
Shit. I just read the last paragraph and it was trolly. Sorry. Damnit.