Wednesday, July 09, 2014


How we used to mock and mock and mock the Soviet Union.
At least five Muslim-Americans, including prominent lawyers, a civil rights leader and academics, were targeted for years-long surveillance by the FBI and the National Security Agency. This is according to new revelations contained in documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Among the targets were the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations—the top Muslim civil rights organization in the United States—and a former Bush Administration official who worked for the Department of Homeland Security and held a top-secret security clearance during the time he was under surveillance.

Near the end it was "bad" because it was a failed economic model, but up until that point the Soviet Union was "bad" because of all that totalitarian surveillance.

("Bad" is in quotes because it's a childish concept, not because I'm a secret lover of the Soviet Union.)