FBI Director Robert Mueller admitted today that the FBI owns several unmanned aerial vehicles, and that they have used them to monitor citizens on American soil, while he was under questioning from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and the Senate Judiciary Committee. When asked if the FBI would be more transparent given the recent scandals at the NSA, Director Mueller replied: “There is a price to be paid for that transparency… I certainly think it would be educating our adversaries as to what our capabilities are.”
Juxtaposed against the still unraveling NSA snooping scandal, the IRS scandal, and the State Department scandals and cover-ups… the Federal Government has given us little reason to trust them.
What has happened over the last several weeks has really been very dramatic. There has been a flood of evidence that the federal government at various levels and all across the spectrum is corrupt. As I try to sort through the many scandals, lies, half-truths and malpractice, I’m beginning to think that perhaps this is all happening just as the administration had planned.
So much information is leaking out about all of these scandals, it seems the public has basically reached a saturation point. There is this sense that folks have come to the conclusion, “Yes. My government is corrupt and they have been party to many of these scandals.” So we’ll judge them at the ballot box.
The problem with this thought process is that the average citizen shuts off the part of the brain that was paying attention to each individual scandal and regards the entire bundle as a whole. When we do this, we end up missing the bigger picture. All of these scandals aren’t just telling us that the government is corrupt… they are telling us about specific corruptions. The idea is to weave all of this together and understand each individual scandal as a whole.
For example, use two issues that are linked above – FBI drone use and NSA snooping. If the FBI drone use had been announced 3 months ago, there may have been backlash against the program, especially if we tied the announcement to Senator Rand Paul’s historic filibuster.
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