If that is true, it’s no use lambasting NSA
‘…Regardless of what’s true and what isn’t true about what the NSA is doing, what’s been exaggerated and what’s still being hidden from us, or even whether you think Snowden is a hero or a traitor or something in between, here’s what’s important: This is the conversation we should have been having a long time ago.We should have been talking about this back when the NSA decided to bypass the flimsy safeguards established to keep it in check and installed secret surveillance equipment at telecoms and network access points.
‘We should have been discussing it back when Congress was writing law enforcement a blank check to gut the Fourth Amendment, otherwise known as the Patriot Act. We certainly should have been having a big public debate over these things when it came time to renew the Patriot Act and retroactively make warrantless wiretaps legal…’
Why The Surveillance State Must Be Erased
‘With all the rationalizations and counter-rationalizations flying around concerning the current avalanche of admissions and data leaks, it is easy to lose track of the root of the overall conflict. It’s as if we have been dropped into the heart of an Amazonian swamp, our feet encased in a thick sludge of social inaction as a dark cloud of mindless mosquito-people buzz about us, pecking hungrily at our veins with their warped and uneducated world views. The deafening chorus distracts us from what is truly important…’
Defenders of NSA Surveillance Omit Most of Mumbai Plotter’s Story
‘James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said a data collection program by the National Security Agency helped stop an attack on a Danish newspaper for which Headley did surveillance. And Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the Senate intelligence chairwoman, also called Headley’s capture a success.
‘But a closer examination of the case, drawn from extensive reporting by ProPublica, shows that the government surveillance only caught up with Headley after the U.S. had been tipped by British intelligence. And even that victory came after seven years in which U.S. intelligence failed to stop Headley as he roamed the globe on missions for Islamic terror networks and Pakistan’s spy agency…’
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