Many of the more hilarious aspects of the current brouhaha over NSA’s collecting the raw data on everyone calling everyone else to talk about everything are the shocked comments emanating from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding how “shocked, do you here me, shocked” they are at what’s been going on “behind their backs.” The hilarity ensues from the fact that not only is awareness of the these sorts of programs the principal function of these committees, but that there is a public record of the members reviewing these exact programs going back several years. The next source of fun will be the positive “action” they will demand to correct the programs they approved.