Hey, I’m sorry the leaks have made it harder for these agencies to do whatever the hell they want, but they are all part of a government that’s supposed to be accountable to the citizens picking up the check. But when faced with unhappy citizens and their diminished rights, all the DOJ’s lawyers can say is that the public doesn’t know shit and has no right to question the government’s activities.
The government has somehow managed to come to a conclusion others reached weeks ago – there’s more than one leaker out there. GOOD. Burn it down. In the DOJ’s hands, the government isn’t by or for the people. It’sdespite the people. The DOJ can’t be trusted to protect the balance between privacy and security. As it sees it, what the public doesn’t know will likely hurt it, and it’s damned if it’s going to allow citizens to seek redress for their grievances.
While I don’t agree with the whole ‘burn-the-DOJ-down’ mentality, that this is an increasingly mainstream opinion regarding key US government institutions is deeply problematic. Such attitudes are indicative of a population no longer seeing itself reflected in its government which is, in turn, a recipe for social conflicts.