by Scott Creighton
the time has come — indeed, it is long overdue — for the wisdom, ingenuity and resources of American business to be marshalled against those who would destroy it. Lewis Powell memo, 1971
The manufactured hero psyop is drawing to a close while it’s main spokesman and front-man, Glenn Greenwald, is tacitly supporting the USA Freedom Act as a sort of “better than nothing” fix to the problem.
During his latest interview with ACLU Legal Director, Jameel Jaffer, Glenn sounds an awful lot like James Sensenbrenner, author of the Freedom Act and the Patriot Act as well.
“If the perfect defeats the good, then bad prevails,” said Representative James Sensenbrenner, Republican of Wisconsin, an author of the Patriot Act who is now leading efforts to change it (and the author of the USA Freedom Act).
GREENWALD: Right. Even if it’s a step in the right direction (the USA Freedom Act) it’s a very small step in the right direction. (Greenwald said this in an interview with Jameel Jaffer yesterday)
NOTE TO GLENN: No. It is not a step in the right direction unless of course by “right” you mean “far-right fascist” direction and in that case, it’s a HUGE step in the “right” direction.
Currently the USA Freedom Act is being amended behind closed doors.
What is going to emerge on Sunday when they hold their emergency “crisis” sessions of both the Senate and the House of Representatives will be even worse than what I and many others have been reporting on since it’s inception.
Right now we know of several changes that they are going to make to the “Freedom” Act that aren’t very good at all.
- They will extend the grace period of collection by the government (NSA) from 180 days to as much as two years.
- They want to make the “lone wolf” provision permanent.
- They want to make the “roving authorities” permanent.
- They want to give Big Telecom total immunity from any laws they violate with regard to our constitutional rights.
Does that sound like a step in the right direction to anyone?
Anyone at all?
Anyone other than Glenn Greenwald, that is?
I didn’t think so.
Now that this whole thing is coming to a speedy conclusion, now that we have “had the debate” as Glenn suggests (which of course, we haven’t), I think we should take stock in exactly where we are… where we ended up after this so-called “debate”
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