Hollywood is upset about the NSA spying scandal first exposed by Edward Snowden. It’s livid. In fact, it is so angry that it thinks Richard Nixon is still the president.
Maggie Gyllenhall, Oliver Stone, John Cusack and Will Wheaton all lend a hand to ‘Stop Watching Us’, which is hilariously edited together without a single photo of President Obama making the cut.
Someone should tell “Wesley Crusher” that it’s hard to take his group’s concern over NSA surveillance seriously when President Obama (the guy who has a “Terror Tuesday” kill list) is missing in action.
Instead of including a shot of Diane Feinstein, the woman who defended NSA spying revelations on the grounds that innocent Americans might become terrorists “in the future,” we get Richard Nixon.
Instead of seeing an image of President Obama — the guy who came up with the amazingly Orwellian-sounding ‘Disposition Matrix’ — we get Richard Nixon.
Instead of getting pictures of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, whose job is to spin, spin, spin NSA scandals away on a daily basis … we get Richard Nixon.
Watch the video and have a good laugh. The only other option would be to cry.
Oh hey, there’s Nixon again.
And there he is again. Weird. It’s almost like it’s 1970 instead of 2013.
Apparently, John Cusack hasn’t been reading his New York Times, or he’d know that Richard Nixon isn’t the president and hasn’t been for a long time.
Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it. That is one reason we have long argued that the Patriot Act, enacted in the heat of fear after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by members of Congress who mostly had not even read it, was reckless in its assignment of unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers. …
A senior administration official quoted in The Times online Thursday afternoon about the Verizon order offered the lame observation that the information does not include the name of any caller, as though there would be the slightest difficulty in matching numbers to names. …
The defense of this practice offered by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who as chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is supposed to be preventing this sort of overreaching, was absurd. She said on Thursday that the authorities need this information in case someone might become a terrorist in the future.
Poor John. He wants so terribly to be taken seriously, but his ideological world view is so sacrosanct that he can’t bring himself to take part in a project that brings President Obama to task in any meaningful way. Maybe a few more years of scandals will bring him around.