Dick Cheney on government surveillance looks an awful lot like Barack Obama on government surveillance.
Don't believe it?
Let's cue the tape.
Here's former Vice President Cheney on the massive National Security Agency surveillance program known as Prism, which has scooped up communications from some Americans without a warrant in the name of national security:
"The program obviously from what's now been released is still in operation. I think it's good that it is in operation. I think it has, in fact, saved lives and kept us free from other attacks," Cheney told Fox News.
Here's Obama telling Charlie Rose:
"The one thing people should understand about all these programs though is they have disrupted plots, not just here in the United States but overseas as well."
So Obama and Cheney are on the same page. Just don't tell Obama that.
Let's talk about Edward Snowden.
The former CIA techie and ex-government contractor who exposed the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program and is now the subject of international attention has been been called everything from a traitor who deserves to be jailed, a misguided narcissist who suffers from delusions of grandeur, and a patriotic whistleblower who has shined an unwanted spotlight on a government that has turned against its citizens.
So who's right?
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is back in the national spotlight. He's running for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg.
Booker, of course, is one of the most visible mayors in the nation along with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. His profile was elevated, among others things, by an act of sheer heroism in 2012 when he saved a woman from a burning house.
Naturally, the Cory Booker memes spread by the mayor's favorite form of communication: the social media platform Twitter. Twitter users immediately elevated Booker to hero status, writing that he could "win a game of Connect Four with only three moves" and that "super heroes dress up as Cory Booker on Halloween."
Your Google searches, emails, instant messages, goofy Facebook pictures - all of them may have been scooped up by a once-secret government computer system called PRISM in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks on the United States.
So reports The Guardian and The Washington Post in revelations that are downright Orwellian.
What's the government's response? Ho-hum. Get over it.