It is not hard to believe that someone has spiked the D.C. water supply with LSD.

What other explanation can there be for the completely bizarre behavior of federal officials?

Where do I begin? I have hesitated from stomping on the FEMA press people for arranging that phony news conference.

As we all know they were trying to fool the public by pretending that the questions came from reporters instead of planted staff sycophants. Too easy to ridicule, I thought. But the more I pondered it, the more it galled me.

Why? Because it so reflects the way they operate at FEMA. They stiff us out of fear that real reporters might expose ineptitude so serious that someone’s job might be in jeopardy.

This bizarre behavior is not limited to FEMA. Throughout government and in corporate America, journalists are generally considered messengers to be killed. And the public is not to be trusted with the truth. That’s even true in so many of the corporations that own news media, but that’s for another column.

Meanwhile, we have a prospective attorney general who simply cannot bring himself to publicly state whether waterboarding is illegal. And a White House that insists that private telecommunications companies that might have unlawfully taken part in spying on this get immunity, which would quash several lawsuits. That’s immunity BEFORE anyone reveals just what these actions were. The fact that all this is even worthy for debate makes me wonder when the hell I went through the Looking Glass.