The Brits have the best expressions, and events this past week on both sides of the world’s longest undefended border confirming the harsh truths of democracy in the Age of Terror recall a good one – “funny peculiar, or funny ha-ha?” The sinister synchronicity observed between sanctioned NSA snoops and the secret spy directives issued by the Honourable Peter MacKay, our Minister of Defence working his inner Big Brother should scare the bejeezus out of any intelligent democrat.
Too true, Senator, for just like the old ‘Pogo’ cartoon: we have seen the enemy, and he is us. Voters elect you, our own darling Peter, and their ilk. You don’t like the NSA? You feel a touch uneasy about President Obama defending this latest assault on personal autonomy and the rule of law as a proper ‘balance’ between personal freedoms and state interests? Look in the mirror. ‘Funny ha-ha’…?
Image of Bentham’s Panopticon used in the Presidio Modelo Prison in Cuba