Gallows humor: jokes about NSA spying

While Congress mulls over dozens of competing proposals to reign in the NSA's domestic dragnet spying activities, the agency continues to run circles around Congress and the courts, while continuing to co-opt the Obama White House.

At a time like this, it may help to rememeber some of the pithy reflections on NSA spying that comedians have shared, like:

  • "Germany is mad at the United States for the NSA eavesdropping. This, ladies and gentlemen, from the country that gave us the Gestapo." –David Letterman
  • "Due to the government spy scandal, sales of the classic George Orwell book '1984' have skyrocketed. So the fallout is worse than we thought. It's making Americans read." –Conan O'Brien
  • "President Obama said he welcomes a national debate over our surveillance policies. He said that's a debate we wouldn't have had five years ago. Five years ago? It's a debate we wouldn't have had two weeks ago if they all hadn't gotten caught." –Jay Leno
  • "Mr. President, no one is saying you broke any laws. We're just saying it's a little bit weird you didn't have to." –The Daily Show's John Oliver

If these jokes don't prompt a laugh at your next cocktail party, consider focusing your friends on the laughable job that Congress has done in overseeing domestic spying over the past decade. Unfortunately, there seem to be no shortage of clowns involved in this ongoing sordid enterprise.

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