Distracting Americans From the Truth
Since news broke that "our" president has ordered the N.S.A. to spy
on us without warrants, a clear violation of U.S. law and the Constitution, a
lot of hand waving and lying has been deployed to distract us from the central
truth that "our" president is a crook, liar, abuser of power, and
madman. As the spoiled brat of a wealthy family beats his chest and dares
us to dethrone him, he and his tentacles are feverishly attempting to distract
us. For example, we are told that the center of our focus should be on
whatever "shameful traitor" exposed "president's" criminal
activities. We are told lies such that the only telephone conversations
monitored are incoming from al-Qaeda! If that were true, why couldn't Bush
have requested and obtained a warrant from FISA? After all, that is what
FISA is for. We are told that the project was limited, as if the word
limited has any real meaning when we have no idea of the true scope.
Moreover, since when is violating the law in a limited fashion legal? Are
we to suppose that if the common citizen murders, lets say, only blondes, it
would be OK while murdering just anyone would be illegal, simply because the
former case is "limited" in some way? Finally, the biggest and
most pathetic distraction of all is the lie that exposing "our"
president's illegal behavior has put our national security at risk! How
Well, yes, if the American People responded to the news with a Revolution,
our national security as Bush sees it would be threatened. However, under
the circumstances, a revolution would do more to promote our real national
security than sticking with the status quo. Under the status quo we do not
need to live in fear that an insane dictator might come and take our freedom
away because it has already happened.
Obviously, the president's spin-doctors have something else in mind when they
claim that exposing the president as a criminal endangers our national
security. What they have in mind is this: They want you to believe that
the Chimp's spy program is (1) essential to our survival and (2) is no longer
able to function as intended now that it is known. Neither of these
points makes any sense.
First of all, there is no need for "our" president's spy
program. The one we already have is more than enough. There already
is a body which customarily rubberstamps anything that looks like a litigate
request for a national security related warrant. Since we now know that
this court has rejected "our" Chimp more often than they have rejected
any president in the past, we must assume that these requests coming from the
White House are either not legitimate or have nothing to do with national
security. This means that the spying has NOTHING TO DO WITH AL-QAEDA, for
if it did, FISA would OK it. If it has nothing to do with al-Qaeda, then
our darkest fears must be true: it has to do with the repression of our rights,
interference in the legal political process, and criminal activities conducive
to the corrupt goals of "our" president.
Since the N.S.A. has a nearly perfect history of keeping its operations
secret and there have been virtually no whistleblowers at the N.S.A. since its
founding, isn't it likely that the reason a handful of N.S.A. employees came
forward to expose Bush is because his program is blatantly illegal and
abusive? Outside of blatantly illegal and abusive activities, no N.S.A.
employee would dream of risking his or her future over a leak. Whatever is
happening here is very, very big and Bush and his henchmen do not want the truth
to get out.
We must assume the worst and impeach George W. Bush. To do anything
less would be to submit to tyranny and enslavement, for what Bush proposes is a
government with a leader free from the bounds of law and human decency. We
only need to look over the last century to know where this leads.