What's the opposite of open and accountable democracy? Governments that operate secret, domestic spy and police agencies.
Secret police and domestic spying are the hallmarks of totalitarianism. And they're taking hold in both the United States and Canada. The gold standard of these malignancies is, of course, America's NSA or National Security Agency. Thanks to Edward Snowden we've had a glimpse into what goes on behind NSA closed doors and what we've seen isn't pretty.
This embarrassment has to stop. No, that's not the innocent speaking but the guilty. The head of the NSA, general Keith Alexander (shown below), wants the media muzzled, gagged, forbidden to report anything about him and his rancid outfit. He's not just talking about American journalists either.
"I think it's wrong that newspaper reporters have all these documents, the 50,000 - whatever they have and are selling them and giving them out.. We ought to come up with a way of stopping it."
No, general, it's you and your agency that need stopping, reining in. There's not enough breathing room in America for democracy and the NSA. One or the other has to go.