Sometimes you have to just step back and laugh

Mark Fiore says that Snuggly, the Security Bear has some comforting words for you, and adds:

The NSA surveillance program that harvests everyone’s data can be very useful in building a terrorist profile. Thanks to data-mining, the authorities could be tipped off to an individual who makes telephone calls to a Muslim from Somalia. This person also regularly makes and receives phone calls from a convicted felon in the United States and is in Facebook communication with a Pakistani known to be interested in aviation. The subject also attended school with a close relative of a well-known Saudi arms dealer and has recently made purchases of fertilizer within the United States. Clearly, the metadata indicates this person warrants further investigation.

This person is me.

Ted Rall has a new cartoon on how people are rationalizing what the NSA is doing.

Here’s a suggestion from Laina for new words to the US national anthem that seems to be a better fit to the times.

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