Friday, December 10, 2010

Don't You Go Peeking At My Dirty Underwear....

This cartoon by Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press hits on something - how our government will happily ignore the rights and privacy of ordinary citizens, despite having a complete absence of evidence that its new privacy-invasive policies will do anything to improve security, but pretty much blows a gasket when it's our political leaders who might be embarrassed.

I find it interesting that, despite the furor over the Wikileaks disclosures relating to the military's activity in Iraq, the U.S. government did not come down on him full bore, nor did they assign a team of government lawyers to scour the statute books looking for a way to criminally charge Assange, until it was the State Department and, by extension, the political leadership of the nation that was being embarrassed. From a legal perspective, why are leaks of low-level State Department memoranda worse than leaks of military documents and video?

The people making these choices on our behalf are the same individuals who, of course, don't have to go through regular airport security - and whose wealthy supporters don't go through anything approaching a frisk or body scan even when they go to events where the President is present.

How does it feel to be one of the little people?

1 comment:

  1. "How does it feel to be one of the little people?"

    Like it would be better to be an elite:

    - a Government employee who misuses a Gov't vehicle faces a minimum penalty of two weeks suspension without pay. A US Senator from Michigan who does the same thing (multiple times) faces . . .

    - The SEC investigated the Cohn family for two years regarding the $100M they made steering investors to Madoff (and numerous SEC violations, and if they disclosed that Madoff was a part owner while they were steering funds his way, etc) the latest news is that this complaint may be settled by their "agreeing to refrain from violating certain security laws." (I particularly like the "certain" part . . .)

    - Autoworkers had to give up their contractual rights and take pay cuts in order for their industry to receive funds as part of a Federal bailout. The Government "had" to fund million dollar bonuses to AIG executives as part of their bail out because to do otherwise would be to violate the sanctity of contract . . .

    We may be a nation of laws - but sometimes we seem to have only one golden rule . . .



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