“702 surveillance, can they see my dick?” – John Oliver
WHATEVER “The Daily Show” has been to basic cable during Jon Stewart’s amazing run, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is to HBO. With respect to Bill Maher, he’s just not in the same league.
At one point in Sunday’s show John Oliver completely demolishes the newsroom decisions of MSNBC by showing a clip of Andrea Mitchell breaking away from a national security discussion on the NSA with Jane Harman to cover “breaking news” of Justin Bieber‘s bond hearing.
Oliver waits patiently for Edward Snowden to arrive. After a very long plane trip to Russia, musing about being stood up is clearly not making him happy, but watching git on camera is precious.
Mr. Snowden doesn’t disappoint him, however, and they have a serious back and forth about what he’s done, as well as the reality of some Americans not knowing who he is.
But do Americans care about NSA surveillance, and if so, where do we draw the line?
As John Oliver rightly points out, Americans “don’t give a shit” about foreign surveillance. What they do care about and the line many draw that the government better not cross is quintessentially American.
We as a nation, we may not like torture, if we find out about it, but there is one thing we will not abide.
The U.S. government better keep their prying eyes and programs away from our dick-pics! That’s an invasion of privacy too far.
Vaginas weren’t mentioned for obvious reasons.