This reader is particularly knowledgeable about where Wall Street meets D.C., and was warning me for years about how the major brokerage firms have been backing Social Security privatization because it would be the biggest boost in brokerage fees since the creation of the stock market. He also predicted the dotcom crash from reading books about the stock market...the stock market of The Panic of 1893.
Here's his take on the NSA database leak, beginning with his well-earned, uh, modesty:
1) Since you know I'm always right about these sort of things, understand that I offer the following as something i believe to be true: the USA Today story yesterday about the huge nationwide wiretapping effort was INTENTIONALLY leaked by the admin.
This is their last-ditch Hail-Mary attempt to stop the inside info being passed from insiders to the press (commonly referred to as leaks). As the Cheney Junta becomes vulnerable, the flow of sensitive & damaging info from patriotic whistleblowing insiders, disgruntled civil servants, and ax-grinding careerists has become a tidal wave that Cheney & Co can't stop, and the info is becoming hugely damaging, both in scale and scope. (Forget about mere impeachment: we're talking about treason & war crimes -- hanging offenses and Hague/Nuremberg kind of stuff.)
Their only hope is to make sure everyone everywhere knows their communications are being tracked, and that every insider must consider the possibility that s/he can be tracked down, arrested, and disappeared. (PS: ask yourself: when's the last time USA broke any kind of story that didn't involve a celebrity or a rogue housepet.)
I'm wondering what the Nettertainment readers think. Whistleblower or intentional leak?
At this point, I'd believe anything, as I often say that when the truth comes out (if it ever does) it will be much, much worse that whatever you're already imagining.
The email continues:
2) I'm beginning to think that Cheney is actually "Yuri", the mole placed inside the US gov't by the russkies who would rise in power & ultimately destroy the country.
Back in the early 1970's my father used to say, only half-joking, that Nixon was actually a Commie agent, since he had done so much wreckage to our Constitution starting with his big role in the anti-Communist witchhunt of McCarthy era. Dad explained how that made him the perfect mole, giving Nixon the most perfect unassailable cover. Then the opening of the door to China and subsequent visit was Tricky Dick returning for regrooving, new orders.
Funny how the big four Constitutional crises of the past sixty years have all been GOP powergrabs:
1. McCarthy - Red Scare
2. Nixon - Watergate
3. Reagan - Iran Contra
4. Bush - NSA
Have to admit, they've got a knack.