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Monday, January 23, 2006

Bull-pah

According to author Kurt Vonnegut, a 'pool-pah' is a shit storm one experiences when life is out of whack, or something like that - it's been a while since I read any fiction. So I'm going to warp his phraseology and use the newly invented word (by me) 'Bull-pah', which means a hundred year storm of Bullshit thrown up when somebody in government is totally out of whack with reality and wants to justify it.

And today it started, with the administration's defenses of the illegal spying on American citizens - here, and here, and here too. Oh, but that is just day one. The goal apparently is to so overwhelm the nation with claims about how good a thing this is that we actually start to believe it. I promise there will be more to come.

So, my question is that if this is such a good thing, why is the administration trying to hide any details from Congress? Certainly, I would buy off on it if the Congressional Dems had seen the details about who was spied upon, when, why and how often and they had all agreed that it was done within lines that would protect our freedoms. But the administration claims that to provide any information at all would 'tell the enemy' how they work.

Well, that implies that they think somebody in Congress is a terrorist sympathizer and would snitch the details to Osama, doesn't it? And that means that either the Bushies are incapable of even finding a high-profile terrorist (which means that the spying is useless and should be stopped), or they know someone in congress is a terrorist and they aren't doing anything about it.

Keeping the details secret also implies to me that they don't want to let the details out because they are NOT limiting their spying to known terrorists and their contacts, and the the details would be sufficient proof to the contrary. As long as they can keep Congress and everyone else in the dark it's hard to argue with the Bull-pah.

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