reply to post by thesungod
I wish, before explaining my thinking on this subject, to clarify my position on the subject of government secrets. The people of a nation pay the
government to ensure national security, to uphold the law of the land, and provide mechanisms by which saftey and justice can be secured. However,
what you pay for, one should be able to get, and frankly national security ought to be EVERYONES business. I would bet my entire net worth (about
£5.62, and some bubble gum, but it is gooood gum) that given the same access to information as the NSA, the people of the US could secure thier
nation very effectively as part of thier duty as citizens. Place would be terrorist suspect free inside of forty eight hours, but the morgues would be
a little stretched, thats about it.
Now, the meat and two veg of this situation is this. The government have obtained broad information about the activities of the AP, and unless they
wish to reveal to the AP, or the people the are really looking for data on, that they are being specifically sought by the government for some reason,
they have to keep the reason under wraps, because otherwise the target of thier investigations might split, kill themselves, or somehow evade the
The breadth of this seizure of records, I believe, is a grossly oversized, but in the eyes of the government, necessary smokescreen, to hide the
specifics of the target of thier scrutiny, and prevent those they are really watching from having a certain threat to respond to. I think that it
could be that someone at AP has been trading national secrets, from a source within the US intelligence industry, to other nations and terror
organisations. That would be the only logical reason I can think of for such a MASSIVE record sweep being enacted against a media organisation of this
type, scale, and power.
Think about it, this move was always going to prove deeply unpopular, and very suspicious, and Watergate references in this thread and else where,
prove that since that fiasco, even the totally politically retarded amongst the US population do not trust government implicitly. In short, this was
always going to turn into a crap storm, so it is highly unlikely that the US government would do this if they thought that anything short of a genuine
threat to the physical security of the nation was in the offing.
Thats my two pence on the subject.