The Coup Is Complete

Today, USA Today broke the story that the NSA has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, as part of Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program. This is big, of course. A report that it isn’t just “targetted surveilance” of people dealing with known terrorists. But again, stories of the Bush administration’s criminal activities have broken before, and nothing ever comes of it.

But then I notice that CNN is leading with the story as well. So is MSNBC. So is Fox News (sorta). So are CBS and ABC. Could it be? Could we finally have reached the tipping point? Is the media actually going to step up and start doing their job? Could the American people start getting pissed off enough to do something about this and take back their country?

Sadly, the answer is no. Buried on the CNN page is the following story, which is bigger and much more critical than the NSA database story:

Domestic Spying Inquiry Killed:

“The government has abruptly ended an inquiry into the warrantless eavesdropping program because the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers security clearance.”

Yes, folks — the investigation into the crime is over, because the criminals have said that the investigators are not allowed to investigate.

…and there the story sits, quietly unnoticed in the surrounding furor.

It’s all over, folks.

The Republic has fallen.