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From Everyone On Earth

President Obama gave a speech that was intended to clarify his thoughts about the National Security Agency collecting text and emails from everyone on Earth. He said he was opposed to this in principle, but on the other hand there are national security concerns to be considered. He offered a solution to the problem that was no solution at all, and critics pounced on the nonsolution. But for Obama, the nonsolution IS the solution. He says so, right here.

My heart says the Constitution
Is the only resolution
To the problem facing us this very day
But the world is cruel and cunning
So the NSA is running
Just a simple scan to keep that world at bay
They collect phone calls and email
From each human male and female
And they put them in a box in a safe place
No one reads them, no one sees them
Till someone like Snowden frees them
Forcing NSA to then pick up the pace
We’re on top of this or will be
I’ve announced that someone will see
All the mail and texts the NSA has stored
He will read each text and email
And if needed he will remail
Any terror threats to a blue ribbon board
So I hope this clears the matter
Most of it’s just harmless chatter
So what difference does it make if you are heard
Saying rude things ‘bout my wife or
Spreading rumors ‘bout my life or
Thinking that we care, we don’t, don’t be absurd

When Someone Drops A Dime

It may have been Lord Palmerstone who said the country has no friends, only interests, though it is highly likely it was said, and not for the first time, by someone in Mesopotamia and it got written down in cuneiform. Whatever, the NSA eavesdropping program serves our country’s interests to provide real time intelligence to other nations, whether by helping a friend like Columbia or an enemy like Pakistan. The same with deadly efficient GPS guided drone attacks on al Qaeda leaders pinpointed by NSA intercepts. And so it is that many of the countries we help have internal political forces to contend with, and so affect outrage at our actions. But we know better than to even be annoyed at this. There are still some grownups in this country, though you have to look hard to find them.

Pay no attention to my cries
Of outrage at your acts
Of savagery and spying eyes
We all know that the facts
Are that we need you to provide
Intelligence and drones
And since we’ve not a thing to hide
You’re free to tap our phones
We love your GPS and yes
To make the perfect loop
We also know that GPS
Means Government Phone Snoop
Without the snoops the bad guys win
We sleep beneath the sod
But nonetheless we have to spin
That you are playing God
So understand we must cry out
And blame you every time
But we’re so glad that you’re about
When someone drops a dime

A Tangled Web

It has emerged that the NSA has been intercepting phone and text messages by the billions, including listening in on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s iPhone. Obama has apologized to Merkel and promised to never do it again, but can he be believed? I think not. He likes the NSA and what they’re doing. Privately he says they’re the only government agency that really listens.

Oh what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to receive
All mail and text from mobile phones
Across the world so that our drones
May climb aloft with good Intel
A thing we can’t get from Ma Bell
The down side is we cross our friends
Who then demand we make amends
Obama calls and quite contrite
Insists he’ll set the matter right
Then with a smile hangs up the phone
And orders up another drone