Al Franken is the U.S. Senator from Minnesota. He recently gave a local TV interview. He is the chairman of — get this — the Senate subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. He said this.
“As chairman of the Privacy, Technology and Law subcommittee, probably no one looks at the right to privacy more than me. We have to draw a balance between the government’s responsibility to protect Americans and also Americans’ right to privacy.
Ah, yes. Balance. Here is the balance. The NSA, FBI, and CIA will continue to do whatever they want. Meanwhile, Al Franken will continue doing comedy. It’s sit-down comedy today, but it’s still comedy. Black humor.
“I can assure you that this isn’t about spying on the American people. I have a high level of confidence that this is used … to protect us, and I know that it has been successful in preventing terrorism.”
This guy is funnier than Henny Youngman. “Take my privacy. Please!”
With Al Franken overseeing privacy, technology, and the law, we can be sure of this: there will be no privacy, but there will a lot of fabulous technology. That’s the law.