I just can't get that awful Austin Powers theme music out of my head - maybe that's because the NSA planted a chip in my brain that plays an endless loop of bad 60's music. Or maybe it's because we're being served up endless malarkey as excuses coming from the power elite about why it's oh so important that the NSA have total access to our every online and telephonic twitch and tweet.
It'll be interesting to see what more Snowden reveals as he discloses bit by bit the USG's efforts to undermine civil liberties all in the name of prosecuting the never-ending War on Terror. I certainly don't feel any safer. Sure, there are bad guys out there, mostly of our own creation. Just look at Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and Al-Qaeda, and you quickly see how our friends of convenience during decades past easily became our enemies for this one. All in the service of Cha-Ching!, our lucrative military-"intelligence"-industrial complex.
So, please. Let's insist that Mr. Grooviness himself, Barack Obama, and all the other hacks dispense with their sanctimonious, patronizing "Trust us. We're here to protect you" admonishments to us, the pesky citizens who insist on an open debate and greater transparency. Let's get it all out in the open where we can judge for ourselves the merits and tradeoffs of such a policy. Then maybe we'll...behave. Oh yeah, baby! It's shagadelicious!