"Ripper" rather ripped about Amash amendment
By Andrew W. Griffin
Don’t you love it when the federal government gets all in a lather when members of Congress go off script and actually work to represent the people who elected them to office?
Well, it’s another week in the topsy-turvy world of Washington. The Stasi-like National Security Agency (NSA) learned that U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican who leans libertarian, had put forth an amendment aimed at gutting the secret programs behind the seizure of millions of Americans’ phone records. Amash's amendment was given the green light to move forward. Hot diggity dog! It's even got bi-partisan support!
Gen. Keith “The Ripper” Alexander, head honcho over at the Ministry of Truth, flew into a rage, spilling bodily fluids in the process, after learning this mild-mannered Michigander dared to cross him and his ever-growing Panopticon of love.
This professional liar and deceiver has been in the U.S. Army far too long and totally didn't see 9/11 coming. He'll tell you that. Damn! Anyway, he has a hard-on for "metadata" on you, me and that fence post. Meanwhile, he gets away without even a slap on the wrist following the Abu Ghraib scandal, even though he was in charge of units involved in that reprehensible activity in Iraq.
Forthwith, “Gen. Ripper,” concerned that mere mortals would learn who we are really spying on, mailed out invitations to certain members of Congress – squirrely folks known to zip their lips, lest they sink ships, chips and dips – and said they could attend a Q&A with the House Intelligence Committee starring ranking member U.S. Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-Maryland), a drug warrior and “crimefighter” from his days in Baltimore and a guy who represents the area of the Old Line State where the NSA is based. Go figure.
Dutch and Gen. Ripper made sure those in attendance knew in advance that anything said during the Q&A was off the record and “The invitation warned members that they could not share what they learned with their constituents or others. ‘The briefing will be held at the Top Secret/SCI level and will be strictly Members-Only,’ reads the invite.”
Top Secret? As in “souvenirs, novelties, party tricks”? Umm, probably not.
As Justin Raimondo, over at Antiwar.com put it: “To anyone outside Washington D.C. this reads like an invitation to a Soviet Politburo meeting, circa 1933. Is this the kind of government Americans want? I hardly think so. We may be decadent epigones of our pioneer ancestors, effete pushovers for any freebie-promising politico, but Americans aren’t ready for Brezhnevism quite yet.”
Thank Zeus that enough members of Congress – shock, I know! – are starting to wise up and see just how close we are to the tyrannical abyss. And while many figure U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R- Goober’s Notch) would be in favor of a freer America, I hate to inform you that he is not. No, the Doc, as we have noted previously, said publicly, and in a response to your humble correspondent, that the NSA is his favorite agency of the federal government. After all, son, you’ve got nothin’ to hide, now do you?
It's striking to witness the utter nonsense that Congress embraces as real and true. They are still on board with the Kafka-esque "War on Terror." They dig waterboarding and spying on granny. They love their mutant crusades and deceitful ways. They think they've got something on you and they manipulate your fears and emotions to get what they want - usually.
We need more independent voices in Congress like Justin Amash, and fewer neocons, war pigs, yuppies, religious zealots, Christers, bunko artists, flim-flammers, swindlers, self-loathing closet cases and money-grubbing degenerates.
We need stand-up men and women who see just how close we are to disaster. With Congress getting poll numbers in the low 20’s this week, there’s nowhere to go but up. Why not do the right thing, Congress, and get behind Amash’s efforts at ending the authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act.
Do it before it’s too late.