Friend of all things waterfall hat-related, Stein Time contributed the following.
John Yoo recently wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, titled Why We Endorsed Warrantless Wiretapping, defending the decision to violate the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and allow the NSA to intercept the communications of U.S. citizens, regardless of whether there was probable cause. He employs the same trusted rhetorical devices: doomsday scenarios, fear-mongering, straw-men arguments, selective disclosure of facts, an appeal to patriotism, and quotes from past patriots, like Alexander Hamilton and John Locke. But something struck me as worthy of pointing out. The editorial is not a denial of wrongdoing. Instead, it is a tacit admission that he and others knowingly broke a law they deemed to be “outdated” or, more precisely, inconvenient and prohibitive. Read the rest of this entry »