One of the most bizarre defenses of the NSA program collecting Americans’ phone metadata is the claim it is not so bad because they are not actively linking the phone numbers to individuals. It appears to be a talking point because I have now seen it made several times. The most recent was by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) in a Politico interview:
|By: Phoenix Woman Saturday June 9, 2012 6:45 am|
Who is Bobby Thompson, really? That’s part of what makes him so interesting: Apparently, nobody besides Bobby Thompson knows his real name. One thing we do know is that he was one of Minnesota’s most prominent Republican Party patrons, donating thousands to people like Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney over the years.
One of Bobby Thompson’s Republican donees is David Carlson, who is himself rather, erm, interesting. In a disturbing way.
|By: David Dayen Friday October 28, 2011 5:20 pm|
Why does Bieber even know who Amy Klobuchar is, let alone this animosity? It’s about S.978, the so-called “Protect IP Act,” and the House version, known as the “Stop Online Piracy Act.” Among other things, these bills would make Web streaming of copyrighted work a felony, with a 5-year jail sentence. Because the Beebs got his start by posting his renditions of other people’s songs on YouTube, activists have used him as a rallying point, creating the site FreeBieber.org. Bieber’s lawyers have filed a cease and desist order against the site, incidentally, so Bieber isn’t ALL that committed to Internet freedom.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday June 30, 2010 7:15 pm|
Senator Coburn spent about 20 straight minutes today whining to Elena Kagan about how much less freedom we have today than we did 30 years ago.
Which Amy Klobuchar promptly shredded–by far the highlight of today’s hearing. As she points out, back in Coburn’s idyllic free time, women were not represented on the Supreme Court–and barely were in Congress. (Though, note, she corrected herself later–Senator Kassebaum was serving in the Senate already by 1980.)
But then what would you expect from one of the C Street boys, huh?