The point is that these people either didn’t care about those details until the case became a partisan issue, or weren’t actually following the Bergdahl issue. They just latched onto an ideologically convenient way to bash Obama. You think the president hates the troops — why hasn’t he brought our captured man home? You think Obama is secretly anti-American — why did he release Taliban leaders to free a traitor?
Now, you can find people saying just about anything if you search long enough on Twitter. But these tweets perfectly demonstrate the larger principle that politics makes you stupid. A raft of social science research finds that people seek out facts that prove their political worldview correct, and ignore or reject the ones that challenge it. It’s so bad that, in experiments, people reject the right answers to math problems when their conclusion is ideologically threatening.
8 conservatives who hated Obama for not releasing Bergdahl — and now hate Obama for freeing him - Vox
this is not just a conservative issue; liberals have the same kind of blind spots for exactly the same reasons.
"We’ve seen our fair share of federal government attempts to keep records about stingrays secret, but we’ve never seen an actual physical raid on state records in order to conceal them from public view."
— U.S. Marshals Seize Cops’ Spying Records to Keep Them From the ACLU | Threat Level | WIRED
"The rich exist for the sake of the poor. The poor exist for the salvation of the rich….
I am often reproached for continually attacking the rich. Yes, because the rich are continually attacking the poor. But those I attack are not the rich as such, only those who misuse their wealth. I point out constantly that those I accuse are not the rich but the rapacious. Wealth is one thing, covetousness another. Learn to distinguish."
— St John Chrysostom (via antonyofva)
"We could have been more skeptical of NSA’s intentions," RSA Chief Technologist Sam Curry told Reuters. "We trusted them because they are charged with security for the U.S. government and U.S. critical infrastructure."
— Exclusive: NSA infiltrated RSA security more deeply than thought - study - Yahoo News (via infoneer-pulse)
Spokesmen for the eavesdropping organizations reassured The Post that we shouldn’t bother our heads with all of this. They have “checks and balances built into our tools,” said one intelligence official.
Since the Snowden leaks began, the administration has adopted an interesting definition of that term. It used to be that “checks and balances” referred to one branch of the government checking and balancing the other branches — like the Supreme Court deciding whether laws are constitutional.
Now the NSA, the CIA and the White House use the term to refer to a secret organization reviewing the actions it has taken and deciding in secret by itself whether they were legal and constitutional.
— the New York Times, via Schneier on Security: NSA Harvesting Contact Lists