The NSA Scandal Is The Best Thing That Has Happened To America In A Hundred Years

I don’t know about you folks, but your humble observer here at Asylum Watch is very much enjoying the fallout from the NSA scandal. Polls are showing that not only is the country split in their opinions on whether what the NSA is doing is good or bad, the polls also show that there are  splits within both the Democrat Party and in the Republican Party. I think this is a good thing. Whether you personally think Mr. Snowden is a hero or a traitor, what he has done may turn out to be the spark that sets off the first genuine public debate about the power that has accumulated to the overreaching federal government in over a century. In my opinion, that debate will be healthy for our country.

On The Democrat Side

There are plenty sycophants that support President Obama no matter what. so, we are not surprised when hear from such brilliant and erudite minds like Maxine Waters telling us we can trust Mr. Obama. But, here are some comments from equally brilliant and erudite minds emanating from Hollywood, as reported by Fox News,

Actor and liberal activist John Cusack tweaked the administration, tweeting “Prism the name for electronic prison – all have to wear lojacks,” in reference to the PRISM data mining program revealed in leaks by former NSA employee Edward Snowden last week.

Cusack also re-tweeted “Obama is becoming the next Nixon.”

And

Prominent writer/director Judd Apatow of “Knocked Up” fame also took to Twitter to blast the administration: “What is this, North Korea? We are so inundated with so much info and so many problems – we have given up caring.”

Apatow also drew attention to reports on the scandal, calling it “an outrageous breach of the privacy and rights of American citizens.”

And even Michael Moore

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore also hopped on the bandwagon, tweeting “the administration has now lost all credibility” while spotlighting a 2007 Obama quote: “that means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens. No more (spying) on citizens… No more tracking citizens…”

On The Republican Side

Rand Paul and a few other Republicans are very upset over the NSA invading the privacy of millions of Americans but, in some cases, they think freedom of the press is overrated. Here are three articles from Hot Air you may find interesting:

More Peter King: Too many conservatives have become Michael Moores on this NSA thing

Peter King: Let’s prosecute reporters who publish leaks, too

And, here is a rebuttal from Democratic Senator, Jon Tester

Tester: Actually, Snowden’s leak didn’t damage national security

Finally, it seems, we have a scandal that has created a bipartisan split in our country rather than the more typical split along party lines. To be clear, one national bipartisan discussion on the issue of privacy is not going to turn this country around. But, it is a start. Maybe, just maybe, that one national discussion will spill into discussions on other important issues like Jobs, National Debt, Tax Code, and etc. Wishful thinking? Probably. But, I do think it is quite remarkable that we have found even one issue that has Americans thinking and debating that isn’t split along party lines. That is a good thing!

An Aside: The Office of Inspector General

A number of the scandals that have rocked our federal government over the years have come to light due totally to the work of Inspectors General. I’m thinking this may be one area where I would like to see more money spent for more inspectors General. From this source we learn:

Established by the Inspector General Act of 1978, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) examines all actions of a government agency or military organization. Conducting audits and investigations, either independently or in response to reports of wrongdoing, the OIG ensures that the agency’s operations are in compliance with the law and general established policies of the government. Audits conducted by the OIG are intended to ensure the effectiveness of security procedures, or to discover the possibility of misconduct, waste, fraud, theft, or certain types of criminal activity by individuals or groups related to the agency’s operation. Misuse of agency funds or equipment are often revealed by OIG audits.

However, from this source we learn:

Over the past few years Barack Obama has attempted to starve the beast by refusing to fill vacancies in the ranks of Inspectors General as they have arisen. The White House been routinely chided for years over its negligence. Timothy Smith of theWashington Post reported in May of last year that “there were 10 IG vacancies, including five at cabinet-level agencies. Four of them had been vacant for more than 3 years.”  http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/…#ixzz2UaYB6yNQ

So, I have a couple of thoughts on the Inspector General Office. First, as watchdogs over the Executive Branch, they should be appointed by Congress or an appropriate committee of Congress and not by the President. Secondly, aside from being well paid, maybe they should recieve bonuses depending on the egregiousness of the misconduct or fraud they uncover.

Just a thought.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts? 

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23 thoughts on “The NSA Scandal Is The Best Thing That Has Happened To America In A Hundred Years

      1. They are all getting free stuff+many are so racially biased that Obama could be a common criminal and still receive high marks.

  1. I think it is a good idea for someone besides the executive branch to manage the Inspectors General. This is similar to the manufacturing quality control function being managed by the factory manager. Conflicting goals undermine performance.

    However, I really don’t want to see Congress running the show, either. So, who would manage the process?

  2. I don’t know, Jim, I could not get past you referring to Maxine Waters as “brilliant”….what did you put after that???

      1. Jim, I hope you were just being facetious on that last sentence! Other than Hank Johnson and Al Franken, I put her right down there at the bottom of the list in the smarts category!
        Been down with the #2 grandson being born and had a computer “issue”, but have a new one now and am up and running, glad to be back…tablets are nice, but leave a bit to be desired for posting.

  3. I hope that you are right and Americans are starting to wake up, is certainly is a good sign that some leftists are beginning to question the president, but I still think there are too many out there who do not seem to have a problem with this.

    1. You’ll have that! There are always those that pay no attention to what the Government is doing, until it starts having an effect on what they are doing personally. Too late for them at that point, but maybe they were just raised that way. So much has happened so quickly to us with this Administration that I think there are a lot of people in shock over it. Better that they wake up now, but will it be in time, I just do not know. Maybe that is the name of the game, with throwing everything but the kitchen sink at us and have us try to sort it all out….some of it will get passed thru before we can stop it..

  4. I hope that the spark you mentioned in the body of the blog post remains aglow. Americans, unfortunately, most often seemed consumed with the trivia that is labeled as “news.”

    In addition, Americans have such short memories — not to mention that many Americans are followers of the Cult of Obama. If he says that such surveillance prevents terrorist attacks, then the surveillance and violation of our Fourth Amendment rights is deemed just fine and dandy. :(

  5. “… thoughts on the Inspector General Office. First, as watchdogs over the Executive Branch, they should be appointed by Congress or an appropriate committee of Congress and not by the President…”

    Insightful suggestion that hits the nail smack dab on the head!

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