Because freedom can't protect itself
Why isn't Snowden's name mentioned in this article?
Does make one wonder also about unauthorized access and use of private information. An old acquietance with whom I felt out so sorts years ago, appeared unannounced as a connection in my Linked In account. Did not request prior approval or authorization. How did he do it? His current employer is listed as Allen Booz Hamilton.
Worries about broad data access have to include inappropriate use of power and information by the individuals' working at government affiliated surveillance companies.
The senators are making all the right noises; but then, that is their craft and trade. I’d love to see a scorecard at some point on what is actually accomplish by each, who are so finely represented here, as measured against their remarks. What will they actually accomplish to enact change – vs. mouthing so accurately whatever their constituency’s temperature is next-day?
This is clear: senators are overwhelmingly and ingloriously ignorant on what is needed. Senators ask questions that are the equivalent to underhanded softball pitches to doublespeak Barry Bonds masters, who reply: “We did not collect more data in that timeframe (we can prove data collection volume went down), but we acquired access to more historical metadata (which went up.) We did not access more metadata (we can prove access to metadata went down), we derived inter-data relevance (so we can prove our Homeland security protection went up.)
We need to identify and champion someone who can craft the correct pointed questions, as well as challenge their doublespeak responses. We are high-centered with this ticky-tacky request for information that is ineffectual.
Frankly, it’s not the NSA’s fault. They are trying to be heroes, providing the “least untruthful” answers is what is expected of their position. It’s the responsibility of oversight to be effective, and they are proven incompetent and foolish, and I am PISSED.
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