Yes, fools all of them. Those giant birds—what do you Earthers call them? Ah, I remember now. Ostriches. That is what cable television executives are like. That is what most entertainment industry executives are like, to be more precise. Except that I think ostriches have more sense. Fortunately, progress will happen whether these fools wish it or not. Technology has a certain inevitability about it.
I disagree. They have shown that they cannot be trusted with power, and those charged with ensuring they do not abuse it are in fact complicit in it. Therefore, none of them can be trusted, and the system must go. You must remember that much of the hostility toward the United States is born of its own actions and is a response to them.
Except in the case of that film, both Batman and Lucius knew the system itself was wrong. Lucius said as much, and Batman programmed the system to self-destruct at the right moment, and only Lucius could even use it. So I do not know that the message there is what you think it is.
You mentioned the question of whether we need such intelligence agencies at all, and I will answer it. I do not believe they have—or should have—any place in a society that claims to promote freedom and peace. A nation that does so should set a different example, one of trust and cooperation and a refusal to intervene militarily in any other nation's internal conflicts. A nation of peace has no need of military bases all around the world, or even of any outside its own borders. And the size of said military ought to only be the bare minimum for defense.
As well, a nation of peace should not force its laws and policies onto other nations but instead respect them. If certain nations insist on mistreating or oppressing their people, diplomatic solutions and humanitarian aid to the oppressed would be what a peaceful nation should provide, yes? Military force only if directly attacked—and, I might add, without said nation goading another into attacking first as an excuse for war, as the United States has often done.
A nation of peace will provide for its people and not collude with corporations against them. In such a nation, government and business would be completely separate, with neither allowed to influence the other aside from government providing necessary regulation which business must not compromise.
An idealistic scenario, of course, but it is a place from which we may start. And much better than what we have now. It will not be easy to remove those who care more for power than for people, but it must be done if our future is to be better than our present.
If this latest revelation does not clearly demonstrate the need for the NSA's immediate dismantling, I do not know what does. They are destroying our future for the sake of security that does not exist. Fools, all of them. I do not see any other alternative to stop this madness than to shut them down as soon as possible, preferably holding those in charge accountable in the process by means of trial and imprisonment. Although it might be nice to place the heads of Clapper, Alexander, and the rest on pikes and wave up at them with a little smile, I will settle for a lifetime in a cell for each of them with no possibility of release. They are too dangerous to society to be allowed their freedom.
Why don't you do us all a favor, Blue, and limit your contributions in these discussions to silence? Google was never mentioned in the article, yet you insist on bringing it up. I do not understand this strange fetish you have with them. And you have failed to demonstrate how Techdirt does any sort of spying, which it does not. You know, Blue, you could give Mr. Garibaldi lessons in paranoia, and believe me, that is saying something.
There are times when I am uncertain which is worse: our out-of-control spy agencies or the politicians who serve and enable them. Shadows in another form, either way, and equally dangerous. We must stop them somehow, before they take us over the edge of the abyss with them.
And this is a surprise to you, Mr. Masnick? Our government—which includes law enforcement—excels at wasting other people's money, and stiffing those they owe on the bill is simply another part of that insufferable game they play. The truly sad thing is that the telcos only have themselves to blame for this unfortunate situation. Not that I pity them much, as eager as they have been to feed the government beast every scrap of our information they can get their hands on.
Let me put it this way, Mr. Alexander: we will give up our 4th amendment rights just as soon as you give up yours. Somehow, I doubt that will happen anytime soon. Someone needs to lock up this madman and put him out of our misery as soon as possible.
Sad how misfits like Hood are allowed to hold public office without being the least bit capable of demonstrating those vital skills called discretion and common sense. In an age where technology is everywhere and is a part of so many things, it should be mandatory that anyone seeking office take and pass basic courses in its function and capabilities so as not to make complete fools of themselves and do virtually irreparable damage to this country's ability to do anything besides blast its own foot into a bloody pulp. Hood might as well try to control those archaic things called phone books for all the good it will do him. And really, that is all Google and other search engines really are: giant digital phone books. The same approach ought to apply, yes? One would think so, anyway.
This is but another example of what happens when morons are put in places of power. The TSA is perhaps the single largest collection of imbeciles ever assembled. Who in their right mind would think a toy would pose any danger to anyone? Only the TSA. Sad how a badge and a gun seem to deprive so many individuals of even the barest hint of sanity and common sense. And they call this security? Even the Narns could do a better job. Then again, most anyone could. I have not flown in over a decade, and this is why. Neither I nor those close to me will be fondled or gawked at by Gropers-R-Us. I imagine Mr. Garibaldi would have some choice things to say if he could see this so-called "security" for himself. The TSA, like the rest of the US government, is a complete joke. Unfortunately, it is a joke with too much power, and removing it will not be easy.
If there is one single constant in this hideous abomination we call the US government, it is ineptitude. Asking them to implement actual security is like trying to get a straight answer from a Vorlon. It just won't happen. They could not even change a light bulb without convening half a dozen different committees to look into it, spending hundreds of millions of the people's dollars, and bickering over who is to blame when the bulb flickers because it was only screwed in halfway. The funny thing is, people pay to go to the circus when if they really wanted to see one, all they would have to do is spend a day in Congress.
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