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  •  Well, yeah, okay, the "Benghazigate" and (8+ / 0-)

    "IRSgate" scanadals are indeed tempests in a teapot. But it's noteworthy that the Republicans will probably not touch the NSA data-trolling revelations; that, after all, would be a scandal that implicates everyone from Bush to the current administration to the Congress that signed off on it.

    I'm guessing, for example, that we could hold our breath until we turn blue and still never see Rand Paul give a filibuster on this threat to his libertarian sensibilities.

    The PRISM initiative is a scandal. But what is scandalous about it isn't some litany of nefarious dirty tricks: it's that it is wholly legitimate, according to the letter of the law. That is indeed scandalous, and should give us pause.

    Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

    by Dale on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 07:45:43 AM PDT

    •  Rand Paul, (2+ / 0-)
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      with whom I disagree 99.9% of the time, has already issued a statement condemning the NSA data mining.  The fact that he's generally a half-baked lunatic only proves that even the intellectually deranged can stumble into  correctness on rare occasion.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 08:05:02 AM PDT

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    •  The NSA thing is not a scandal. (8+ / 0-)

      If Congress passes a law, a President signs that law and the courts don't strike it down, it's not a scandal.

      Acting within the boundaries of that law, no matter how much you or I might hate it, is not a scandal.

      Even pushing those boundaries, which may then result in pushback from the courts, is not a scandal.

      The American people need to force their representatives to have an open debate about the balance of privacy and security, and the courts and the VOTING BOOTH is where that debate will ultimately be settled.

      •  Legal means good, is the general idea here (2+ / 0-)
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        however, we know this isn 't good and much of it occurs in secret - that's not good.

        It's scandalous enough.

        And if you don't like "scandal" we can always fall back on "outrage".

        I like "totally unAmerican", myself.

        •  "Scandal" (0+ / 0-)

          has political implications to give one side an advantage over the other.

          This ain't it.

          It is other things, perhaps - distasteful, unAmerican, outrageous - and only time will tell.

          •  No, it is scandalous. (1+ / 0-)
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            It is scandalous that the entirety of the Beltway intelligensia and political class seem to think that a) the dictates of national security legitimate any encroachment on individual privacy and civil liberties, and 2) that ordinary citizens don't need to be kept informed about such encroachments. They didn't want us to worry our pretty little heads about it.

            I think you're using an overly legalistic definition of "scandal." A scandal is called a scandal because something outrageous has been revealed that was not known before -- and this clearly qualifies. It's especially scandalous that this travesty is bipartisan in scope and wholly legal.

            Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

            by Dale on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 09:10:01 AM PDT

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        •  take it up with Congress (3+ / 0-)
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          Lefty Ladig, eps62, Inkpen

          ya know, a course of action that might actually result in a change, as opposed to endless ranting and raving here.  
          Are you really surprised about what is happening re NSA?  You shouldn't be if you've been paying attention the last ten years.  Don't mean to dampen your righteous indignation.  

          •  If we went back to look at your comments (0+ / 0-)

            on NSA wiretapping circa the middle of the Bush administration, would we find a similar hard-nosed realpolitik at work?

            Or does your scorn about "righetous indignation" only kick up a notch after, say, January of 2009?

            Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

            by Dale on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 09:12:19 AM PDT

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