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Raw Story: “Whistleblower: NSA spied on everyone, targeted journalists”:

“The National Security Agency had access to all Americans’ communications — faxes, phone calls, and their computer communications,” Tice claimed. “It didn’t matter whether you were in Kansas, in the middle of the country, and you never made foreign communications at all. They monitored all communications…”

“In one of the operations that I was in, we looked at organizations, just supposedly so that we would not target them,” Tice told Olbermann. “What I was finding out, though, is that the collection on those organizations was 24/7 and 365 days a year — and it made no sense… I started to investigate that. That’s about the time when they came after me to fire me.”

When Olbermann pressed him for specifics, Tice offered, “An organization that was collected on were US news organizations and reporters and journalists.”

Writer Steven Grant has a nice essay about a recent firestorm in the comic book community regarding the nature of superheroes (i.e. is the superhero concept liberal or conservative), touched off by right-wing shill/writer Bill Willingham. The piece is halfway down the page, after an essay about Diamond, the direct-to-market comic book distributor; hit Ctrl + F and search for the name “Dirk Deppey.”

Good-bye, George W. Bush; you are an America-hating traitor who has done incalculable damage to both the United States and the world. Your legacy — and that of your junta’s — will be an infamous one for centuries. History spits on you.

From the Washington Post:

The fervent courtship [between Obama and Congressional Republicans] is turning the debate on the economic package into a test of whether the Obama White House can put an end to years of distrust between the parties and overcome their recent inability to shape consensus legislation.

Isn’t it funny that when the GOP controlled both the legislative and executive branches the Washington Post and the rest of the “news” media cared neither a jot nor a tittle for consensus?

When Republicans routinely refused to inform Democrats when and where committee meetings were being held or refused to allow (or severely limited) Democrats who made it to those committee meetings a chance to speak, or when Republicans refused to allow Democrats their right to offer amendments to legislation, consensus was not very high on the Post’s — or the rest of the media’s — agenda. For the most part, the so-called liberal media failed to cover the GOP’s disenfranchisement of Congressional Democrats and, by extension, their constituents. Now that the Democratic Party controls the White House and Congress, “consensus” (which is code for giving Republicans whatever the fuck they want) is suddenly all important.

What Arthur said.

Maybe Pelosi was referring to these two insubordinate fascists when she began to lay the groundwork for investigations today.

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