The Snowden revelations have made clear that Administration intelligence officials have lied to the Congress. They’ve also made clear that searches being carried out by lower-level techies go way beyond what the law allows. That’s illegal activity. Also, the potential for illegal activity, along with the thousands of low level functionaries having access to the NSA tools makes it virtually certain that those tools are being abused right now, everyday.
|By: Scarecrow Sunday February 19, 2012 11:50 am|
A few days ago, PBS New Hour’s Judy Woodruff was interviewing Nancy Pelosi defending the pending payroll tax cut deal, and she wondered if Pelosi was concerned about the resulting loss to the Social Security Trust Fund. Huh?
The impression she gave was that a 2 percent reduction in the payroll tax would mean that funds available for Social Security would be reduced by that amount. Pelosi either missed the point or chose not to correct her. Someone will set her straight, I thought, and no one else will be confused about this.
But on ABC’s This Week, today, Jake Tapper made the same mistake, twice, though ABC’s writeup obscures this.
|By: Scarecrow Friday December 23, 2011 6:00 pm|
There are “three national pastimes” in Washington D.C., Brooks informed us: baseball, apple pie, and Congress raiding the Social Security Trust Fund. And the GOP just didn’t want to let that happen.