That the long-jump was a Winter Olympic event.
I believe I have detected the smallest, subtlest flaw in the usually-unimpeachable reasoning of Brother Charles over at the Esquire Magazine.
See if you can spot it.
Mr. Pierce starts this piece as follows:
The Snowden Effect, ContinuedBy Charles P. Pierce on February 10, 2014In reaction to the revelations by Edward Snowden of the activities of the all-too-human, but curiously error-prone, heroes of our intelligence community...... So, basically, what do we care if some NSA guys are eavesdropping on old girlfriends, or on the stripper they met the night before in that affluent neighborhood we like to call Out By The Airport, and what do we care where our metadata is being stored.Meet Tyrone Hayes, victim of surveillance, and also of everything to which surveillance can -- and almost inevitably does -- lead.
And ends it thus:
Read the whole thing. Not only does the Obama Administration, in the person of former regulations chief Cass Sunsteinm come off really badly, but, more important, this is the surveillance state in action, in the daily lives of people far removed from it. These are its fundamental imperatives. This is the timid, backward-looking, docile society it seeks to create. I decline to be blithe about its growth just because Edward Snowden's in Russia and Glenn Greenwald is launching his new venture.
Now based on no prior knowledge of the situation beyond Mr. Pierce's introduction and conclusion, one might fairly assume that Tyrone Hayes was the innocent victim of some nasty bit of NSA chicanery, possibly at the behest of "the Obama Administration".
Read the whole thing here...and the article which Mr. Pierce cites here...and see if you can spot the error.
Did you spot it?
You're clever, so I figured it wouldn't take you long to notice that, at no point in the article which Mr. Pierce cites is President Obama mentioned. Nor if the Obama Adminstration generally.
Nor is Cass Sunstein.
Nor is the NSA.
Nor the CIA.
Nor the FBI.
Also not mentioned: the OSS, the MOSSAD and the Geheime Staatspolizei.
Also not mentioned: KAOS and SMERSH.
What it discussed at great length is a tragic case of private sector spying and reputation sabotage undertaken by a huge, multinational chemical company in an attempt to destroy the credibility of a critic.
But I guess "Tyrone Hayes" and "Syngenta" don't bring all the SEO algorithms to the yard.