Monday, April 20, 2009

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

posted by The Sailor @ 9:23 PM Permalink

But a footnote to a 2005 memo made it clear that the rules were not always followed. Waterboarding was used "with far greater frequency than initially indicated" and with "large volumes of water" rather than the small quantities in the rules, one memo says, citing a 2004 report by the C.I.A.'s inspector general.
Officials Say U.S. Wiretaps Exceeded Law

The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.
F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases

Law enforcement officials are vastly expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted.
Gee, government agencies have actually exceeded the incredibly unconstitutional powers that were granted them without our knowledge ... and then they were granted them ex post facto!?

Wow, no one could have predicted ...

Cross posted at SteveAudio

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At 12:55 PM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is fear - surprise and fear…fear and surprise…our two weapons are fear and surprise - and our ruthless efficiency…our three weapons are fear and surprise and ruthless efficiency and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope…our four …no… Amongst our weapons - amongst our weaponry - are such elements as fear, surprise…I'll come in again.

Monty Python's Flying Circus (BBC program, 1970) in Roger Wilmut from "Fringe to Flying Flying Circus (1980) ch. 11

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

Just for the cheap seats or people not able to access embedded videos.

This bit from Monte Python's Flying Circus is from an entry in The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations, edited by tony Augarde, Oxford University Press, pub. 1991


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