I know, it’s not really sound sport to agitate someone this stupid, but I guess I’m just feeding my inner sadist. Here’s his latest bit of nonsense, wherein he makes claims that are either false or completely unknowable about the NSA wiretapping program. He is reacting to an ACLU spokeswoman for speaking out against an attempt in Congress to rubber stamp the NSA programs without any further oversight. First, the false claim:
First off, the idea that this is wiretapping is ignorance. The NSA program is a data mining program. They are capturing electronic signals being transmitted from inside the United States to foreign lands or from foreign soil to the United States.
That’s funny. The NSA emphatically says it’s not a data mining program. In fact, they’ve told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee to tell us all that it’s not a data mining program as part of the administration’s approved talking points:
The Program is not “data mining”; it targets only international communications closely connected to Al Qa’ida or an affiliated group.
Next, the unknowable claim:
Next, the data being collected is that of who is being called, the length of the call, which other numbers that party is calling and so forth. This is called data mining.
Not only could Gribbit not know that this is all they’re collecting, only someone as stupid as him could possibly believe it. Does he really think they’re not recording the content of the calls? If not, they’re fools and they’re wasting their time. Remember, the issue here is not whether the government should be surveilling suspected terrorists; everyone agrees that they should, including the ACLU. The issue is whether they will do so with constitutional safeguards in place to prevent abuses or not. As long as they go through the normal FISA process and get a warrant, I damn sure want them to gather not only who someone calls but they better also record the conversation or they’re wasting our tax dollars.
Then he goes completely off the deep end:
It is nothing more than what is being done each and every time you search for an item over then internet. Information is being collected which is then used to send you offers via email.
I’ll give you a minute to stop laughing after reading that. Gribbit, Gribbit, Gribbit….is it really possible that you’re this freaking dumb? It hardly seems like you could be, but this is pretty compelling evidence. I’m sure that’s exactly what the program is. The NSA is going to send them offers to enlarge their penises and get them a college degree based on their life experience. And lower their mortgage rates.