I watched Frontline tonight on SDPB-TV2. It was part 1 of their two-part program "United States of Secrets". That program should make any real liberal or real conservative mad as hell. There is video of Bush lying through his teeth, Gen. Hayden lying through his fat lips, and VP Cheney sneaking around like a skunk under a bush sneaking secret documents around to safe in the VP's sttorneys office.
Then there is Obama as a campaigner talking about open government and sunshine, etc. and then voting for a bill to make the illegal operations pushed by Bush and Cheney legal and then as President going after leakers. It is no wonder Snowden left the country to let us know how we are being lied to and our constitutional rights to privacy and freedom of speech being invaded. And apparently all for nothing since it has been impossible to show that all this snoopervision of US citizens has prevented a single terrorist act or even led to any signficant information...as well as information that was completely wrong.
Also in the Frontline story is the story of both Bush and Obama going after a guy they want to testify falsely against others claiming they were in a conspiracy with him to leak top secret information. They raid his house and take his computer and every shread of printed or digital information. Then they charge him with the equivalent of high treason for having "Top Secret" documents in his possession. Obama said leakers would be hit with a ton of bricks.
Only problem, when a knowledgeable reporter got a look at the documents he realized all the information was already released in the public domain. Then they looked at the "Top Secret" documents and noticed the line indicating they were public information blotted out and "Top Secret, etc" stamped on the line below. After being hassled for months and spending all his life savings on attorneys, he ended up with not a conviction for espionage, treason, or whatever, but a $25 fine for the misdemeanor of "misusing a government computer". Incidentally, I am not typing this on a government computer.
Watching this you will be reminded of the adage, "Sleep with dogs, and you will wake up with fleas". Then you will realize that almost the whole Washington bureacracy, Congress, President Obama, and with a few exceptions, the press are all covered with fleas. Don't get too close to Sen. Johnson or Thune, you may start to involuntarily itch and scratch.
Check the links below, and if you haven't seen this buy the $24 DVD or take the time to watch the streaming video online. Another Frontline program coming up on corporate spying on us and aiding and abetting government spying on all of us. Don't miss it. Also, Bill Moyers will have Glen Greenwald on this weekend.
*** Stay tuned. Forewarned is forearmed and don't sleep with flea-bitten dogs--- Doug Wiken