February 23, 2013
THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: J.D. Tuccille: FBI Sexting and Stealing a Great Reason To Not Give The Bureau More Power.
P. J. O’Rourke famously quipped that “giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” If he were writing today, though, he might have compared the state’s self-restraint to that of FBI agents handed smart phones and surveillance equipment. As reported by Reason 24/7, an internal disciplinary report from last fall shows that our fearless G-men (and women) have been busy sending each other pictures of their junk and using their surveillance skills to bug their supervisors’ offices. So you can definitely trust them with all of that extra spying power they’ve been gathering.