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Whether the government has a right to lie so as to suppress public debate re ongoing government practices is now pending decision the Ninth Circuit.
See "Federal Court Affirms Sweeping 'Bully Pulpit' Government Right to Lie," at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Federal-Court-Affirms-Swee-by-Clifford-Johnson-130221-478.html.
Upstream data collection NSA programs include: Fairview, Stormbrew, Blarney, and Oakstar.
Whistleblower Thomas Drake stated that these do far, fAr, FAR more than Prism.
When interviewed on PBS News Hour about how the NSA collects US data without examining contents, mastermind NSA whistleblower William Binney laughed out loud.
Whistleblower Russell Tice revealed that Bush/Cheney warrantless wiretapping under Stellar Wind also targeted US Senators, Supreme Court justices, US military generals, and even then IL state senator / US Senate candidate Barack Obama.
Insufficient attention has been given to the NSA Nucleon program, which uses speech-recognition capabilities to transcribe and analyze voice communications.
Remember Snowden said that they could infer your thought process as you typed on screen--that is XKeyScore at its most powerful real-time search mode.
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