Yes, it was. But the people who most need to hear it won't.<quoted text>
Wow, that was some hard hitting truth you just spoke.
This particular discussion consists of two diametrically opposed factions:
1) Bush apologists.
2) Bush persecutors.
Neither side is much interested in what the other side has to say.
On the whole, I'm not surprised.
The pro-Bush people have their minds made up and are not concerned about facts like illegal wire-tapping, acquisition of phone records or records of internet searches.
They label anyone who *is* concerned about those things liberal intelligentsia.
One guaranteed way to wind up dead or in prison under Chairman Mao was to be labeled "intelligentsia". Pol Pot just shot anyone he thought was intelligentsia without even a trial. A little digging will find other regimes taking the same attitude.
You'll forgive me if calling me "intelligentsia" does nothing to bolster your credibility with me.