In Dulles UAL lounge listening to 4 US intel officials saying loudly leaker & reporter on #NSA stuff should be disappearedrecorded a bit
— Steve Clemons (@SCClemons) June 8, 2013
I had been thinking to myself earlier this year that we could know America had not quite yet degenerated into a full-blown police state. Why? Because we hadn’t reached the point where people worry about being “disappeared” if they offend the government.
Right on cue, we have a trial balloon testing this concept. Will Americans be outraged enough that someone is actually fired (and finds it a Career-Limiting Move™, not just a prelude to promotion)?* Or will this blow over, leaving the effect that “disappearing” troublesome Americans is now thinkable, and part of the national consciousness?
I hope I’m wrong about which way this is going to go.
* Prosecuted would be even more appropriate, but I’ve already lowered my expectations.