June 12, 2013

What could possibly go wrong?

The headline kind of says it all: CIA’s deputy director to be replaced with White House lawyer

Also, I'm on my annual trip to California to see the salmon return to Capistrano. So, I have only kind-of-sort-of been following the Snowden affair. I do have some thoughts on the subject, but the hopeful starlets out by the swimming pool have been keeping Producer Rusty Spielbergo pretty busy on tanning oil duty.

But one thing struck me the very first I heard about this guy was that he was fleeing the US to go to China because of that country's long standing commitment to .... free speech.

Something aint right here, folks. No sir, not by a longshot.

So, while you think about that go read Ace's excellent piece today with plenty of links as to why this guy is probably going to turn out to be a first class, grade-A douchebag.

I'm also guessing that a lot of the stunning "revelations" as to the NSA's ability to monitor any and all emails is going to turn out to be more hype than anything else. As I tell my students, there is a big leap between ability to collect data and ability to analyze it. In other words, the fact that Vinnie's midget porn collection is sitting on a supercomputer somewhere is a mighty far stretch from an actual human being taking the time to look at it. We should always remember that what could happen usually doesn't, not for lack of intent as much as for lack of ability.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:58 PM | Comments |