AJ Strata gives us a really good summary of the conservative mindset today, right down to referring to "the SurrenderMedia".
Journalists just can't catch a break. They're either amoral, value-free hedonists or secret Islamic radicals. Reality indicates that they really can't be both, so I wish the haters would just pick one.
Anyway, Strata effectively argues that the government should be able to do whatever it wants and people should accept greater scrutiny because, he says, if the government is wrong you'll just be taken off a target list.
Journalists, to many conservatives, are the ultimate evil what with those mouths of theirs, but the government, with its enormous power and its paranoia and secret prisons and eternal bureaucracies, is a benign creature that of course makes mistakes sometimes.
And sometimes those mistakes land you in a Syrian prison where you are tortured for months on end, but it's all good. They're just looking out for us.
Update by Cernig.
Just to put the cap on it, the ohmygoshmygoolies-Osamas-under-the-bed story that AJ was linking to as proof positive that everyone, everywhere, needs spied on to protect his own fragile ass - a piece in the Washington Times about Islamist terrorists coming under the Mexican border through drug cartel tunnels in order to attack an Arizona military base - is purest crap.
the attack never occurred and was the result of bad information, said Manuel Johnson, an FBI spokesman based in Phoenix.Hat tip to Dr. Steven Taylor, an actual moderate conservative rather than someone who claims moderateness as a shield to hide their utter wingnuttiness behind.
“A thorough investigation was conducted and there is no evidence showing that the threat was credible,” he said.