Some of this is kind of funny, in a bumbling-totalitarian sort of way:
A participant in a White House-sponsored review of surveillance activities described as “shameful” an apparent decision to leave most of the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk spying intact.
Sascha Meinrath, director of the Open Technology Institute, said Friday that the review panel he advised is at risk of missing an opportunity to restore confidence in US surveillance practices.
“The review group was searching for ways to make the most modest pivot necessary to continue business as usual,” Meinrath said.
Headed by the CIA’s former deputy director, Michael Morrell, the review is expected to deliver its report to President Barack Obama on Sunday, the White House confirmed, although it is less clear when and how substantially its report will be available to the public.
"Less clear when and how substantially its report will be available to the public?" Less clear?
Well, let me clarify a little.
Our rulers will tell us exactly what they want to, and they'll do the telling exactly when they want to do it. And there's no reason to want them to tell us, nor is there any reason to be in a hurry to hear. Because what they tell us will fall into two basic categories. The dominant one is the lies. Yes, most of it will be untainted by any slightest flavor of truth. Value: zero.
But then, there are the true parts. There'll be some of that, because they actually do want us to know, in general, that they're doing whatever they want. It's useful for intimidation, and inculcating a sense of futility and despair. But it's also necessary to remember that our rulers are human, too, and they have feelings. And, for a good, warm-blooded tyrant, it's more fun to have your way with people if they know you're doing it.
Now, as we all know so well, the cure for every evil in a glorious duh-mocracy such as ours is located in the voting booth. Why, we have a two-party system! If we find our liberties being violated by those creepy old war-and-secrecy-loving Republicans, all we have to do is put the warm, nurturing Democratic Party in charge! All we have to do is ...
... oh, wait, that's right. Sorry. My mistake. Never mind.