It's In the Washington Post, For Crying Out Loud

Every so often there are hints from people who think that the writing in "Commoner" is a little over the top, like the recent referral to "1 million spies" in the federal government.  Do people pay attention to the news anymore?  The Washington Post is a reputable newspaper that broke the Watergate scandal story in the early 1970's.  They are the ones that recently reported through reporters, Dana Priest and William Arkin, about the big spy network in the federal government (just search "Washington Post," "Dana Priest," and "spies" on Google).  Ok, so "Commoner" rounded up the number of more than three quarters of a million people with top secret security clearances, to one million people, but not even the Post, in all likelihood, knows the exact number.  It's a lot of spies.  Of course, anytime that somebody says that Uncle Sam is doing something outrageous, some people simply do not want to believe that the government is quite that bad.  Which just goes to prove, the more outrageous the misdeed and the bigger the lie, the harder it is for people to believe the former and refute the latter without concrete proof, which is exactly why outrageousness is in fashion these days.

[revised on 9/21/10]

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