This week in celebration worthy surveillance and other intelligence agency and related revelations:
Nazis! And not the Illinois kind: "In all, historians told the New York Times, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI and Allen Dulles’s CIA hired at least 1,000 Nazis — if not more." Good times! Also, too, this side note from the article, "Along with other programs, such as Operation Paperclip, which enlisted the help of Nazi scientists, the use of ex-Nazis as spies illustrates a postwar government’s willingness to neglect the demands of justice to satisfy the needs of security." Times haven't changed much, it seems. Moving on...
The Postal Service is potentially watching you. "The number of requests...shows that the surveillance program is more extensive than previously disclosed and that oversight protecting Americans from potential abuses is lax." I'd be shocked, but I guess since Politico reported on this back in June and Obama was not immediately ousted from office by the electorate, we all must have approved and there is nothing to see here. He can go about his business. Move along.
This too: "The FBI created a fake version of the Seattle Times to catch a suspect in a series of bomb threats to a local school, the Times reported on Tuesday, and the newspaper's editor is 'outraged.'" But the government says this is all fine.
The Senate torture report, coming in redacted form sometime during 45's presidency. The link notes, "CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers in order to gain access to Senate communications and drafts of the Intelligence Committee investigation." Clearly false since you don't need to include "in order" in that sentence.
Kafka is alive and well and orchestrating trials in a U.S. District Court:
Witnesses, attorneys and even the judge took special care not to let the phrase “Navy SEALs” pass their lips during a federal criminal trial in Alexandria this week, further cloaking an already mysterious case involving the purchase of hundreds of unmarked rifle silencers for the military.
Instead, people involved in the trial referred obliquely to “the program,” “operators” and “other entities in the government” when discussing who might have wanted to use the silencers, which were acquired through a classified Navy contract.
And a new definition of public/private partnership, courtesy of the NSA: "NSA Is Letting Its Chief Technical Officer Work 20 Hours a Week for a Private Company."
However, this is all outweighed by the awesome stuff they do that we're not allowed to know about for our own good. Or something.
UPDATE: Henry Farrell has some interesting things to say.