It has been a while since we have discussed national security issues. I walked away from the topic so that all parties concerned might have a chance to calm down. But Bradley Manning was just sentenced to thirty years plus, and his big announcement right afterwards was that he wanted to start the Chelsea hormone shots immediately. Edward Snowden, geek extraordinaire, was living with a pole dancer, and leaked NSA secrets to Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian, whose boyfriend was recently detained at Heathrow for nine hours where authorities took a bunch of his stuff. Snowden, searching for an open and free society that wouldn’t extradite him, settled on Russia, for now. Our president went on a charm offensive, explaining to all us hypers that the NSA wasn’t listening in on our phone calls, and then whoops, it turns out that the NSA was accidentally on purpose doing exactly that. Other than that, everything’s normal, and so I think I can come back to the discussion without any fear of anything worsening.
Of course, never underestimate the power of politicians when it comes to their particular field of expertise, which is that of making things worse. So I make this statement with all due qualifications.
So I have just a couple modest proposals. Others might come to me.
The first is this: we need legislation right now that requires all congressmen to carry smart phones at all times, and they would have to be hackable. This would enable concerned taxpayers to set off alarms periodically, depending on how their guy just voted. We could have coded alarms depending on how many trillion it was.
The second is the creation of C-SPAN 3, or whatever number we are up to now. This would be a network dedicated entirely to drone surveillance of congressmen. If the constituency so desired, they could subscribe to special features that would give them close-ups of their delegation.