Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union squeezed 13 pages of documents out of the FBI, using the tried and true information-extraction technique known as a lawsuit, about federal surveillance of the Occupy movement. More documents were withheld on national security and foreign policy grounds, leaving us to gaze on tantalizing tidbits about Occupy-sponsored barbecues in Anchorage and friendly relations with union workers in Oakland. Please, Mr. Holder, can we have some more?

The overall impression left by the information in this data-extraction is that the federal government conducts surveillance operations just because it can, as a matter of reflex, and I went on RT to discuss just that.

I apologize for the deteriorating video quality as the segment progresses. Internet connections in my part of Arizona are mule-powered, and they were a bit tuckered out.