Apparently, President Bush has given John Negroponte authority to waive SEC rules. Yeah, you read that right. So now, if our esteemed intelligence czar deems a threat to national security, he can tell publicly traded corporations that they don't have to provide an accounting for their practices and transactions. Don't know how that could possibly go wrong.
Another concern: the FCC, the government agency in charge of regulating communications and the use of airwaves, says it cannot investigate complaints of the NSA collecting call data... because, duh-nuh-nuh, it would violate national security to do so.
I'm getting the feeling that "National Security" has become the intelligence community's version of "9/11."
"Sorry, we have to spy on you because of national security."
"I'm afraid we're going to have to print these incriminating photos of you in a compromising situation with a clown because of national security."
"Bill of Rights? Nope, that's a violation of National Security."
And so forth.