Okay, maybe not “happy”…but, coffee makes everything better.
When news broke about the federal government’s domestic surveillance program, I was shocked.
Shocked, I tell you!
Not by the scope.
Not by the companies and agencies involved.
No, I was shocked by the shock…
…and apparently Brother Rob Thurman was too.
Longtime readers know that Brother Rob gave this bitch my blog for my birthday many years ago…and that he has since moved back to Kentucky to get his farm on…oh, and that he freakishly jumps up in my head by having the exact same reaction to news-based shit.
Anyhoo, I came home one day late last week and fussed
with at my sister C-Money about the fact that this spy story shouldn’t have shocked
I understand and agree with the outrage…I understand and agree with the disapproval…and the reason I do is sourced in the reality that the probability of this shit was revealed by Frontline on PBS years ago.
Later that night Rob Thurman called.
“Pamela, I’m confused.”
“By what, Rob Thurman?”
“Well, have you heard about the domestic spy story breaking all over the place? Didn’t this story break years ago?”
That’s when I screamed at Brother Rob to get out of my fucking head.
Tis true that the details are new…the companies and agencies involved are newish…and the masses have reason to be outraged.
But we couldn’t help feeling for the folk at Frontline who gave us a damn good look at the probability of this shit back in 2007.
Frontline worked their asses off to produce a very entertaining and informative “Y’all need to keep an eye on this shit the way meteorologists keep an eye on severe storms” investigative report…
“President Bush described his anti-terrorist measures as narrow and targeted, but a FRONTLINE investigation has found that the National Security Agency (NSA) has engaged in wiretapping and sifting Internet communications of millions of Americans; the FBI conducted a data sweep on 250,000 Las Vegas vacationers, and along with more than 50 other agencies, they are mining commercial-sector data banks to an unprecedented degree.” Frontline - 2007
…but this story is being reported like a brand new breaking news story of never before heard of shit.
And that’s got to work a reporter's last nerve.
So, Brother Rob and I decided to gift the good folk at Frontline with a digital fruit basket.
We were watching, good Frontline folk!