Thursday, December 29, 2005

See Other Side

There is an old trick you can play on someone where you write "See Other Side" on both sides of a piece of paper. When you hand this paper to someone you wait and see how many times they blindly follow the instructions and dutifully turn the paper over just to see the same message. Most people catch on pretty quick.

The responses from the non-reality based right on the new Rasmussen Reports remind me of this old joke.

The poll results say that 64% "believe the National Security Agency (NSA) should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States."

The usual suspects are harping on and on about how this poll shows that the whole NSA domestic spying issue is just some "whacko liberal" knee jerk thing and most Americans realize that Bush and company are doing them proud.

What is very carefully NOT mentioned is the glaring ommission from the question asked. How about including some phrase like " in violation of the law and/or without obtaining search warrants from a court" and see how the numbers play?

I am 100% for keeping tabs on terrorists and all of their communications in or outside the country. I just want it done under the rule of law and with appropriate control and oversight. How hard is it for these idiots to understand? We are not concerned about wiretaps and eavesdropping but about ILLEGAL wiretaps and eavesdropping.

There is a huge distinction in the two and the right seems to want us to ignore it. We won't.

Others discussing this: Glenn Greenwald, Ezra Klein, ,Barabara O'Brien

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