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OKLAHOMA CITY – Don’t you love it when the federal
government gets all in a lather when members of Congress go off script and
actually work to represent the people who elected them to office?

Well, it’s another week in the topsy-turvy world of Washington.
The Stasi-like National Security Agency (NSA) learned that U.S. Rep. Justin
, a Michigan Republican who leans libertarian, had put forth an amendment
aimed at gutting the secret programs behind the seizure of millions of
Americans’ phone records. Amash's amendment was given the green light to move forward. Hot diggity dog! It's even got bi-partisan support!

Gen. Keith “The Ripper” Alexander, head honcho over
at the Ministry of Truth, flew into a rage, spilling bodily fluids in the
process, after learning this mild-mannered Michigander dared to cross him and
his ever-growing Panopticon of love.

This professional liar and deceiver has been in the U.S. Army far too long and totally didn't see 9/11 coming. He'll tell you that. Damn! Anyway, he has a hard-on for "metadata" on you, me and that fence post. Meanwhile, he gets away without even a slap on the wrist following the Abu Ghraib scandal, even though he was in charge of units involved in that reprehensible activity in Iraq.

Forthwith, “Gen. Ripper,” concerned that mere
mortals would learn who we are really
spying on, mailed out invitations to certain members of Congress – squirrely folks
known to zip their lips, lest they sink ships, chips and dips – and said they
could attend a Q&A with the House Intelligence Committee starring ranking
member U.S. Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-Maryland), a drug warrior and “crimefighter”
from his days in Baltimore and a guy who represents the area of the Old Line
State where the NSA is based. Go figure.

Dutch and Gen. Ripper made sure those in attendance
knew in advance that anything said during the Q&A was off the record and “The invitation warned members that they
could not share what they learned with their constituents or others. ‘The
briefing will be held at the Top Secret/SCI level and will be strictly Members-Only,’
reads the invite.”

Top Secret? As in “souvenirs, novelties, party tricks”? Umm, probably

As Justin Raimondo, over at put it: “To anyone outside
Washington D.C. this reads like an invitation to a Soviet Politburo meeting,
circa 1933. Is this the kind of government Americans want? I hardly think so.
We may be decadent epigones of our pioneer ancestors, effete pushovers for any
freebie-promising politico, but Americans aren’t ready for Brezhnevism quite

Thank Zeus that enough members of Congress – shock, I know! – are starting
to wise up and see just how close we are to the tyrannical abyss. And while
many figure U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R- Goober’s Notch) would be in favor of a
freer America, I hate to inform you that he is not. No, the Doc, as we have
noted previously, said publicly, and in a response to your humble
correspondent, that the NSA is his favorite agency of the federal government.
After all, son, you’ve got nothin’ to hide, now do you?

It's striking to witness the utter nonsense that Congress embraces as real and true. They are still on board with the Kafka-esque "War on Terror." They dig waterboarding and spying on granny. They love their mutant crusades and deceitful ways. They think they've got something on you and they manipulate your fears and emotions to get what they want - usually.

We need more independent voices in Congress like Justin Amash, and
fewer neocons, war pigs, yuppies, religious zealots, Christers, bunko artists, flim-flammers,
swindlers, self-loathing closet cases and money-grubbing degenerates.

We need stand-up men and women who see just how close we are to
disaster. With Congress getting poll numbers in the low 20’s this week, there’s
nowhere to go but up. Why not do the right thing, Congress, and get behind
Amash’s efforts at ending the authority for the blanket collection of records
under the Patriot Act.

Do it before it’s too late.

UPDATE* (8:03 p.m. July 24, 2013): The vote is in and the Amash amendment was narrowly defeated. We want to thank newcomers to Congress, U.S. Reps. Markwayne Mullin (R-Westville) and Jim Bridenstine (R-Tulsa) for voting in favor of the amendment. 

We are sorely disappointed with the no votes from James Lankford (R-Oklahoma City), Tom Cole (R-Moore), and Frank Lucas (R-Cheyenne, Okla.). Apparently they support domestic spying, secret courts and secret activity. Just the sort of activity enjoyed by authoritarian governments of the past and present, comrade. Remember that at election time.

Here is the breakdown as compiled by the House clerk ... (here). 

And if you have time, listen to this speech given by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) about the problems with the "surveillance state" we are becoming. Wyden, who cares about privacy and civil liberties, is one of the few "good guys" on Capitol Hill. 

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