Of Mice and Manning

As we learn that the NSA domestic surveillance
is far more widespread and invasive than we knew,
the Senate talks tough but flees from action,
timidly agreeing to sacrifice our privacy.

The NSA is culling all domestic phone records,
and can access internet activity worldwide,
but we're scared of our own intelligence industry,
so focus one whistleblower stranded in Russia.

And Congress votes down an amendment
to put an end to the NSA's radical operations,
with those who get defense contractor money
voting to keep the programs alive.

Meanwhile, we're assured that the US is safer
now that a 25-year-old soldier is behind bars.

Whatever you think of Bradley Manning,
Edward Snowden, leaks and whistleblowers,
they aren't the problem we should be focused on.

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
In this case, the NSA's plans have gone too far,
Manning and others like him have manned up,
but our political leaders are proving skittish as mice.

You know they're listening, now be heard
as your share ideas and a pint or two
at your local progressive social club.

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